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I wanted to make sure I noted what I actually did with Puggle and the alphabet this year, as it’s not quite as I’d planned.

We did use a very laid-back approach. I had planned on a week per letter, with two weeks for the vowels. We did keep this pace. I chose to stick to just lower case letters as these are the most commonly found. I had intended to tie the craft activity to the letter—that only lasted about a month! I also planned to draw attention to that letter throughout the week.

Each week, I printed out a couple of pages of the weeks letter in outline. I had planned on using one of these (A5) sheets for the craft, and then the rest were for Puggle to draw on (A5 because at the start of the year he was basically only drawing a single line on any page… and I didn’t want a whole pile of full sheets with just one line:-) ). He has other paper as well, but I thought that if some of his pages had the letter in the background it would help him become familiar with the letters. I had thought that he’d just draw over it, but instead he would only trace the letter. As a result, I figured that I should probably show him how they were meant to be drawn so that he wouldn’t get into any bad habits.

In the end, I have been printing out one A4 page with two copies of the letter on it, and three or four A4 pages with four copies of the letter (see each week in the plans catagory for the letters). I had still intended on doing the craft, so that was one of the large copies. With the second, Puggle and I would chat about what words we knew that started with the letter, and I would draw them (well, the easy-to-draw concrete nouns… I can’t draw!) I would use one of the little pages to demonstrate how to write the letter, colouring in a bit at the bottom of the page to show which way around the letter goes, and putting a green and red dot to show where to begin and end writing the letter.

Last week we finished the alphabet.  This week he is typing his own YouTube search terms (when we spell them for him! Although for some simple words he can sound out at least the beginning of them if prompted…) He seems to mostly be able to handle both sound and letter name, although I try to be reasonably consistent with just the sound. He doesn’t really write the letters, aside from tracing them on the pages (and aside from his own initials:-) ). But I wasn’t intending for writing to be a focus at the moment. He certainly does recognise all the lowercase letters, and most of the uppercase letters. Probably he would have done even if I hadn’t done anything particularly—it’s been this year that he’s started paying attention to various alphabet books.

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  The Genial Hearth » Progress 2007 wrote @ January 5th, 2008 at 7:57 pm

[…] for craft stuff, but also for some of the other materials we’ll be using. Alphabet stuff Not quite as I’d planned (really, not at all!) But by the end of the year he recognises all the letters (I suspect he would […]

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