In the fall of 2005, I received a job offer to teach at an elementary school. After thinking it over long and hard (because we really needed the money), I decided I wasn’t going to go to work. I was going to try to do the stay-at-home-mom thing and really embrace motherhood. Since we weren’t putting Elle in preschool due to lack of funds, I knew I would need to do something to keep us both entertained. Thus the idea for “Letter of the Week” was born.
As I mulled over what to do with the letters each week, I came up with three main objectives:
1. Teach Elle her letters
2. Try new recipes
3. Do more family activities together
Each week I introduced the “Letter of the Week” to Elle. We practiced writing it and identifying it in printed words. Later, we would go on letter walks around the house to find objects that started with that letter. We also tried to bake something and do a family activity that started with that letter. Some letters were easier to work with than others, but all created opportunity for fun, learning and family bonding.
The “Letter of the Week” was so successful that I did it again with Crew when he was 4. I repeated some of the same activities and came up with new ones too that were more tailored to Crew’s interests and abilities. He was crazy and active (and we had more money) so we got out a lot more.
And now it is Croft’s turn. I am excited to share and bond this year with this little firecracker:
My objectives are basically the same as they were before with just a few tweaks:
1. Teach Croft her letters
2. Try new and healthy foods and recipes (Croft and I are both junk food junkies and could stand some more fruits and vegetables and just general health in our diet. We will try a fruit or vegetable each week that starts with the letter of the week.)
3. Spend time together and with other family members through crafts and activities
If you have a young child (ages 3-7), join me in “Letter of the Week”. You could do all the activities or pick and choose just one or two ideas. ABC weeks are a great way to teach, bond, learn, and have fun (and it is a great way for you to meet some of your goals as well.)
I will post our “Letter of the Week” ideas on Friday each week. This way you have the weekend to make your plans or you could go a whole week behind me. I might miss a week here and there (especially holiday weeks) or take two weeks for one letter (because you know how life goes), but it usually takes one school year to complete.
And I would appreciate it if you would pass this on to any friends or family that you think might enjoy following a letter of the week idea.