After we had finished our week of G, I realized that I should have postponed its debut a little longer than I did. G is a tricky one: the sound in the name points only to the soft sound /j/, so NJoy has trouble remembering the hard /g/ sound. The same is true with C. That being said, we may revisit letter G another week, but I’ll be sure to continue to model that sound in every day situations (like when we see the gumball machine at the grocery store, “Oh look, there are some g-g-gumballs!”).
That being said, we still forged ahead and had fun with G. My friend’s little girl, KDoll, also joined in for some of the week.
Here are some of the things we did with the letter G:
I introduced G’s sound with my G sound tubs.
Gumball Math Game: This is one I made up. I made “coins” with numbers 1-10 on them and as I showed them a number, they had to put that many “gumballs” (pom-poms) in their gumball machines. You can download it here.
He played a Carson Delosa file folder game with gumball letters that I found while organizing the attic (which was a great surprise and tied in nicely with our unit…I love when this happens). This game is supposed to match upper and lower case, but instead I had him match upper to upper case. Even though he knows both upper and lower case, he didn’t quite “get it”, so we improvised.
On Friday of that week, we “retired” the letter Gg by placing the gumball machine on his Word Wall in the playroom: G is for Gumball.
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