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Adrian 3 years LANGUAGE 🔤 ✍️

Letter L (Making a Tactile Nature Letter “L” from 🌲 Spruce Tree Needles)

January 12, 2017

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.

Letter L

First, I offered Adrian to "make" a letter L from needles of a Spruce tree we have growing in our backyard. 

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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.

 
DSC_0050While cutting the needles, a child is developing scissor skill.

DSC_0050Adrian loved the smell of the freshly cut needles. 
DSC_0050All the needles are cut and ready to be made into the letter L.

DSC_0065Adrian then applied glue to the template, exercising his gross-motor skills as he really had to squeeze hard.
DSC_0050Placing needles on a freshly applied glue within the letter template.
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DSC_0050Capital and lower-case L are done.

DSC_0050Adrian also traced "L" in a polenta sensory tray. (I had glued red cardstock under the polenta to give it a color pop.)

DSC_0050Pin-poking capital letter "L" with a push-pin (buy here).
DSC_0050I like to use colored cardstock (buy here) to make the activity bright and inviting. 

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Log, lizard, love, lamp, light, letter, lid, lobster, leaf, lion, lama, lemon, laughter, lace, labyrinth (buy here), lip-gloss, lipstick, ladybug.

DSC_0050Adrian also made "L" from wooden branches he had found in a backyard.
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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. 

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