Letter recognition is an important part of kindergarten readiness. By providing activities that support clear learning objectives, daycare providers can help young children learn the letter W and the W sound.
The students will identify the letter W.
The students make and recognize the W sound.
The students will correctly trace and write upper and lower case Ws.
The students will identify objects that begin with w.
The students will complete a watermelon craft.
The students will help observe worms in a sensory table.
The students will read stories about things that begin with the letter W.
Handwriting and Phonetics Activities
Using sturdy poster board, create a letter W poster which shows both the upper and lower case W. Glue pictures of objects cut from magazines that begin W. Present the letter W, demonstrating the W sound. Ask the children to make (repeat) the W sound. Ask students what things they can think of (objects, names, etc.) that begin with W.
Have children practice tracing the letter W in both upper and lower case using letter W worksheets. A good example of such a worksheet is available on First-School website. With either pencils or crayon, let students practice making the letter W in both upper and lower case on blank sheets of paper.
Cognitive Learning: Object Sorting
For this cognitive learning activity, place toy or real objects which begin with a W in a box or other container. Examples include: Whale, walrus, wolf, woodpecker, and watermelon. Along with these items, place objects beginning with various other letters. As you pull each object out, students will sort (recognize) those that begin with a W sound from those that do not.
- Paper plates
- Crayons (red and green)
- Small black beans
Instructions: Cut or help children cut a paper plate in half. Encourage the children color the outer rim green, and the rest of the plate red. Next help or encourage the children to glue black beans on as these will be the seeds. This craft was adopted from Preschool Education website
Worm Sensory Table
To a sensory table add live worms and dirt. Put plastic gloves on each child. Provide shovels and magnifying glasses so that children can observe the worms.
Story Time: Letter W Books
It’s W! (It’s the Alphabet) by Mary Elizabeth Salzmann [Super Sandcastle, 2010]
Whale of a Tale by Barbara Pearl and Cathy Janson [Crane, 2005]
Wolf’s Coming! by Joe Kulka [Carolrhoda Books, 2007]
Woodpeckers (Woodland Animals) by Emily Rose Townsend [Capstone Press, 2006]
Baby Einstein: Water, Water Everywhere by Julie Aigner-Clark and Nadeem Zaidi [Disney, 2003]
Easy, inexpensive lesson plans make daycare jobs easier.
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