Ducks, Dora, and More

36 months
Tot School

Our focus last week was the /d/ sound. While I am not actually teaching Daphne letter names, I am introducing sounds. I know they basically go hand in hand, but I don’t think that it is necessary to teach her the letters as a young 3. Gotta save something for later, right? When we talked about snowmen, we talked about the /s/ sound. I teach the sound while she traces a textured letter – I just rarely mention the name of the letter. Ever since – whenever Daphne sees an ‘s’ she says, “Mom, look! Sssssss like snowman!”
I want her to learn the first letter of her name so we spent last week on D!! I didn’t take very many pictures this week but here are a couple.

Playing with her water tub and ducks! She loves this activity!!

Painting with some feathers. I wasn’t sure if she would be very interested in this activity, but she stuck with it for a long time!! She spent most of her time swirling the colors together.
We also read Make Way for Ducklings and Duck on a Bike (the girls LOVED this book – they thought it was hilarious!!) We sang “5 Little Ducks” and “6 Little Ducks That I Once Knew.” Daphne counted little duck beads and practiced 1-to-1 correspondence by putting one duck in each cube of an ice cube tray. She has been doing some pre-writing practice mainly because she wants to. If Lucy is writing – Daphne wants to write. I am using these books (she just uses book 1) plus a few printables from here (which is why we did some Dora stuff).
We will probably spend another week on the /d/ sound after Valentine’s Day. I am planning on spend 2 weeks on each sound but using 2 different themes to teach it. That is about it for Daphne this week. I am sure I am missing something, though, because we were super busy all week!
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