Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Weekly Letter Displays

Visualizing a learning target on a regular basis helps to establish those lovely neuro pathways which help all of us (not just the younger set) to retain information.  The more frequently we see new information, and the more ways we encounter and use that information, the more likely we are to move it into our permanent information storage brain areas.

Soooo, each week I set up a small display in our school room of the letter we're working on. This idea was inspired by the amazing set up that Carissa over at 1+1+1=1 does for her preschooler(s). Mine is no where near as fancy as hers, but I do try to include a few small items which help our kids to think about the letter they're learning and what words it might begin. I put upper and lower case letters on a small wooden tree (known around here as our "letter tree"), some puzzles, a toy or animal beginning with the appropriate letter, our Alpha Tales book, and our sandpaper letter. If I have something else that seems appropriate I add that too- it isn't an exact science.

This takes me no more than 5 or 10 minutes at the beginning of the week, but provides great visual stimulus throughout our study and provides an opportunity for the children to access, and explore, the new information independently.

If you're curious about how we incorporate our letter of the week work into our morning routine, then read this post.

5 comments:

  1. I love love LOVE this idea. :) Thanks for sharing, this is an inspiring idea.

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    1. Thanks! It's one of those things that I spend about 5 minutes per week preparing, but the payoff is significant each and every day.

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