I introduce the ‘u’ and ‘n’ sound together
‘u’ and ‘n’ letter looks similar so when children manipulate these letters by exploring their differences, they remember these sounds better.
Gross Motor Co-ordination
Using an obstacle course to practice the ‘u’ and ‘n’ sound.
Jumping on the ‘u’ letter
Throwing a ‘u’ or ‘n’ hoop over an ‘u’ or ‘n’ cone
Balancing a bean bag to get to the next obstacle
It is important for young children to develop good gross motor coordination(big muscle movement). The more a child fights gravity and moves about to develop muscle strength, the closer she moves towards developing a sense of coordination. Coordination means that the muscles work together as a team, and this teamwork means that the muscles need to be able to ‘listen’ before a child can stop moving and stand or sit still. Her muscles must ‘listen’ to her before she can crawl or later kick or catch a ball. It takes a long time before her muscles will listen well enough that she can tie a shoelace or colour in-between the lines – in fact, it could take about five years before her muscles are ready to master these kinds of tasks. (Passage from: Play Learn Know by Dr Melodie de Jager & Liz Victor)
Match the picture to the correct letter by placing it on the correct colour circle – there are many skills which the child needs to make the correct choice a) name the picture b) identify the beginning sound c)match the picture to the correct letter
Fine Motor Co-ordination
Fine Motor refers to the movement of the hands, wrists, fingers, feet, toes, lips, tongue and eyes. These require a high degree of control and precision and may include activities such as getting dressed, using eating utensils, drawing, tracing shapes, cutting with scissors and, later writing and reading. (Passage from: Play Learn Know by Dr Melodie de Jager & Liz Victor)
*dot to dot activity *drawing an ‘u’ picture *drawing a ‘n’ picture *child writing his/her name next to the dot *reminding children to write from left to right