Today, we are exploring letter "L". Although Adrian (3 years old), knows all his letters, I am a big believer in practice and repetition. Even if a child knows all his ABCs, s/he will inevitably forget them in the absence of implementation and application of what the child has learned. Adrian, and even Julia (at 7 years), really enjoy our Letter Series, as they get to gather objects beginning with a particular sound (Julia would read a dictionary to find out words), and I try to vary the lessons to keep the enthusiasm going.
First, I offered Adrian to "make" a letter L from needles of a Spruce tree we have growing in our backyard.
As suggested in the Montessori Language curriculum, I used pink cardstock (buy here) to represent a consonant letter. You will also need child-size scissors (Adrian loves these), glue (buy here), and pine or spruce tree needles.
Adrian then applied glue to the template, exercising his gross-motor skills as he really had to squeeze hard.
Placing needles on a freshly applied glue within the letter template.
Capital and lower-case L are done.
Log, lizard, love, lamp, light, letter, lid, lobster, leaf, lion, lama, lemon, laughter, lace, labyrinth (buy here), lip-gloss, lipstick, ladybug.
During our alphabet letters studies, Adrian loves referring to Montessori Letter Work Book (see a post here). He also enjoys "following the letter," and today he is using pom-pons (free pdf link and more ideas here).
Stay tuned for more … Read our Letter Series post here, where you will find an introduction to a Montessori Language curriculum, as well as other alphabet letters we have been exploring.