J-jo likes working on the same thing week after week, so I don’t change up his shelves much. One shelf I do change weekly is his “language shelf” where I keep a color basket (that Bear puts together for him) and his “letter sound of the week.”
I never focused on just one sound at a time with Bear, but I discovered these great books at the library that gave me the idea to feature one sound basket for him each week. The books are from the My Sound Box series by Jane Belk Moncure and she has one for every letter. I’ve been signing them out of the library and putting one on his shelf behind his sound basket. We then read the book and sing a song for the objects in the basket.
The song goes to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell and is very similar to the Leapfrog Letter Factory song but does not use any letter names. As I sing “this is…” I show him or point to the letter, upper and lower case examples.
This is “a”
This is “a”
Every letter has a sound
This is “a”.
“a” “a” apple, “a” “a” astronaut, “a” “a” alligator
“a” “a” “a”
We’re currently at d. I also use Maureen’s book suggestions from her Now I Know My ABC’s posts at Totally Tots. I also try to tie in the Before Five in A Row books. For the letter C, I used The Carrot Seed and we used The Yellow Ball to go behind the basket of yellow items.