So I have to be honest, I was at a loss when trying to come up wit a V this year so when I thought of Vowels, well I just kind of settled. And then, as lesson day approached, I became nervous. I would be introducing the concept to B as a to-be kindergartner but how would I present this to the older kiddos and make it fun and a learning experience?!? Well, this was one of those days where I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome of the lesson; some lessons I know will be home runs whereas others…well. To my delight, everyone had a blast and learned too!
We started off the day with circle and a book as usual. This book seemed really good in theory and the idea is cute. I believe the message was received by the kiddos however it was ridiculously challenging to read. Check it out of your local library and see what I’m talking about 🙂
We changed up the order of activities today! I had found a video through You Tube that tied in with a craft and both together were the perfect introduction/re-introduction to the basic vowels! First up was the craft. I have to admit they were all kind of confused as to why we were making 5 bats and adding vowels to them but like most kids their age, they ate up the tracing, cutting, and stickers!
So the Vowel Bat song by Shari Sloane (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g43EfOXvpG8) that I had them use the stick bats for seems a bit silly and hokey, but they LOVED it. I mean, play-it-over-and-over-again L.O.V.E.D it. They sang the song loud and held up the appropriate vowel bat with each part of the song. They were singing this song long into the day. I will say- it was catchy!
Still singing, we headed to the kitchen for a search and find vowels snack! I was at a loss for a snack and considered serving foods that started with vowels but found it just too hard to pull together. Then, the alphabet cookies came to mind and boom, perfect!
Bats in hand, they headed back upstairs to work on their work sheets for the Letter V and Vowels!
We wrapped up the day with a Vowel Digraph board game that I found on Boggles World (http://bogglesworldesl.com/voweldigraphgame.htm). I attached the print outs to a larger board, created game pieces by simply writing out the vowel letters and attaching them to bases I’ve used all summer long (I think from a colorforms set :P). The kiddos had fun playing and really helped the younger three understand digraphs (and a great refresher for the older two).
So all in all, what I feared would be a boring and lame lesson turned out to be one of their favorites…go figure!