J has started to ask about letters – he wants to know what they are when he sees them in posters or on some of his toys, he’s pointed out in books that we have a is for apple and we have a toy that sings the alphabet song and he’s started to sing it as well – so taking his lead we’re starting with some letter recognition – no flashcards to learn them for us though instead some crafts to make whilst we go over the letter sounds (phonetical letters) as we make them.
As J loves the leaf cutter ants at the zoo where we go regularly, instead of using a is for apple as his books use, I decided to take the interest in ants and letters and combine them for a is for ant and use leaf cutter ants (his only knowledge of ants in real life as we don’t have many easy to find in the garden) to start off letter recognition (I also know that a for ant is used in Jolly Phonics which J will likely meet from next year when he’s at nursery and school).
I recently brought some scrapbooks and one off them I have turned into J’s alphabet book so we will be filling it up with his letter crafts. To make the page I wrote a capital A and lower case a at the to of the page and the word ant at the bottom. I then drew and cut out a lower case a on paper (it didn’t quite work to plan as I hadn’t checked what colour the scrapbook paper was and they were the same ideally I wanted them to be different colours) and then drew around it.
I cut out some leaf shapes from green paper – but wished that we had combined our last nature walk to collect some leaves to glue to the letter and if we revisit this craft that is what we will do and also some ants from black paper to crawl over the a. Then using the glue pen J glued the leaves and stuck them onto the letter a covering it completely but working to the shape that he saw and had glued down (I was really impressed with this as I thought he would glue them everywhere). Then he added some black cut out ants to the a and also we glued together a HUGE ant for the page to go near the word ant. We then added J’s favourite things some goggly eyes to the bigger ants and added some legs.