Preschool teachers and daycare providers can help children learn to recognize and write the letter V through fun activities that support clear learning objectives.
- The students will identify the letter V.
- The students make and recognize the V sound.
- The students will learn to trace and write upper and lower case V’s.
- The students will identify objects that begin with the letter V.
- The students will make a Valentine’s Day wreath.
- The students will make a letter V vase.
- The students will learn about volcanoes and create an erupting volcano.
- The students will listen to books that feature the letter V.
Handwriting and Alphabet Recognition
Introduce the children to the letter V along with simple objects that begin with the letter V. Create a colorful letter V poster board or bulletin board that presents both the upper and lower case V. Include pictures of objects cut from magazines that begin with the letter V. For example: valentine, violin, vulture, volcano, vegetables, van, vase, vine, vacuum, vest, volleyball, and vampire.
Write both the upper and lowercase V on a whiteboard or chalkboard. Demonstrate the V sound and ask the children to make (repeat) the V sound. Next ask the children to think of words (names, objects, or places) that might begin with the letter V.
Allow the children to practice tracing the letter V in both upper and lower case using a letter V worksheet. A good example of such a worksheet is available on the Kid’s Learning Station website. Children can also practice writing and tracing the letter V on blank sheets of paper using pencils, colored pencils, or crayon.
Letter V Crafts
Valentine’s Day Wreath
Materials: Red and pink construction paper, sturdy paper plates, glue, scissors.
Cut heart shapes from red and pink construction paper. Cut a large whole out of a paper plate to create a ring. Next, glue red and pink hearts to the paper plate to create a Valentine’s Day wreath.
Letter V Vase
Materials: construction paper in the color of your choice, crayons, colored pencils, markers, scissors, and glue. Cut a large letter V, flowers shapes (flowers with stems) from construction paper. Then, glue the letter V on a large piece of construction paper. This is the flower vase. Next, glue flowers to appear as if they are coming out of the vase. Decorate the vase with crayons, colored pencils, or markers.
Letter V Science Activity
Erupting Volcano Activity
Materials: Paper plates, clear plastic cups, baking soda, vinegar, red food coloring.
Before implementing this science activity, explain the basics of volcanoes and volcano activity. Create lava by mixing vinegar with red food coloring. Give each child a paper plate and place a cup on each paper plate. Place one teaspoon of baking soda in each child’s cup. Next go around and pour the vinegar into each cup. The mixture will fizz in the cup and overflow onto the paper plate, creating a “volcano eruption”.
Letter V Story Time
- Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Mass and Marjorie Priceman [Aladdin, 2000]
- The Magic Violin by Mayra Calvani and K.C. Snider [Guardian Angel, 2007]
- What is a Volcano by Chris Avertis [Checkerboard PR, 1983]
- The Best Book of Volcanoes by Simon Adams [Kingfisher, 2007]
- The Biggest Valentine Ever by Steven Kroll and Jeni Bassett [Cartwheel, 2006]
- Where is Baby’s Valentine by Karen Katz [Little Simon, 2006]
Including these simple activities into the curriculum of child care centers will greatly enhance preschoolers’ language learning. Lesson plans should contain clear learning objectives but also remember to seize spontaneous moments of opportunity to teach.
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