As our celebration of all things green continues at our house, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and it being William’s favorite color, I share with you several fun, inexpensive, and easy St. Patrick’s Day literacy activities. Also included in this post are the phonemic awareness and phonics activities completed for Preschool Co-op Week 21.
Initial Sound Letter Hunt – Using a permanent marker, write the letters of the alphabet on foam shamrocks (carried at most dollar stores). Scatter the letters on the floor. You can scatter the entire alphabet, or select specific letters of focus. Invite your child to find the appropriate letter that matches the initial sound in the words you might say. For example, if you say “wagon” your child finds the shamrock with the “w” written on it.
Final Sound Letter Hunt – Use the same procedure as above, except ask your child to listen for the final sound in each word. For example, if you say “melon” your child finds the shamrock with the “n” on it, thus matching the final sound with the appropriate letter.
Initial and Final Sound Letter Hunt in Reverse – Both activities described above can also be done in reverse. Call out a letter of the alphabet and ask your child to find the matching shamrock. Once found, challenge your child to name as many words as possible beginning or ending in that letter/sound. For even more literacy immersion, write down the words your child gives and display them as a poster or alphabet book.
Shamrock Letter Matching – Using a permanent marker and more foam shamrocks from a dollar store, the lower case alphabet on the shamrocks, one letter per leaf curve. Then write the upper case letters on see-through floral rocks, which also can be found at most dollar stores. (I wrote them on the flat part of the rock, which meant I had to write them backwards). Lay out the shamrocks and the rocks and invite your child to match the upper case rocks with the lower case letters on the shamrocks.
Felt Shamrock Letter Drop – Using a large felt shamrock from last week’s post of Easy St. Patrick’s Day Math Activities, invite your child to drop a handful of letter rocks from the above activity onto the felt shamrock. Some will stay, some will tumble off the shamrock. Ask your child to name the letter rocks that fell onto the shamrock. For an added literacy and math component, graph the results.
St. Patrick’s Day Initial Phoneme Toy Matching Game – Using the same foam shamrocks from the first two activities, invite your child to match a set of shamrocks with toys or items from around the house. For example, William matched to to train, b to bottle, n to nesting blocks, and so on.
Clothespin Pinching Fine Motor Practice – A favorite activity at our house is using clothespins to pick things up. For this activity, set out a small bowl of fuzzy pom poms of assorted colors. Give your child two more bowls that are slightly smaller and ask him or her to sort the pom poms from the larger bowl into the two smaller bowls. Green pom poms, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, go into one bowl, while all other colors are placed in the second small bowl. This activity has some definite math connections, and the fine motor practice is great for developing those small finger and hand muscles needed for writing.
Shamrock Play Dough Mat – Using green play dough, invite your child to make ropes and place them on the shamrock. An alternate idea is to invite your child to pinch off small pieces of play dough to fill in the shamrock. Click Lucky, Lucky! Play-doh Template to print your own.
***Be sure to check out my St. Patrick’s Day Pinterest Board for more ideas!
Preschool Co-op Week 21
Phonemic Awareness Skills: Final Phoneme IsolationThis week students were given a list of three words and asked to identify the final phoneme all three words shared. For example: slop, pump, slump all end in the /p/ sound. Students worked through about ten sets of words, each set ending with a different consonant from the last.
Phonics: Letter Ll – Students learned to identify the letter Ll and it’s sound. The teaching mom used several color photos beginning with the /l/ sound. Examples: lion, lamp, lizard, lasso, ladder, etc. Students practiced saying each picture name, emphasizing the /l/ sound at the beginning.
After the above, the teaching mother said a list of words, one at a time, with every word beginning or ending with the /l/ sound. Students had to identify if the /l/ sound was at the beginning or end of the world.
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I am Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home mama of five! I am the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught range of levels, including preschool and college, and a little bit of just about everything in between. Right now, my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction