Saturday, October 15, 2016

Capital Letters W and U

I had a very enjoyable morning working with a young child who is learning his alphabet. When we took our nature walk and went into the garden he was SO SO excited to dig in the dirt and find worms, that is what we did! And I changed my lesson plan to accommodate his interest. Thus, W and U.

In the Waldorf method of teaching the alphabet, you choose something for each letter that starts with the letter and is also the shape of that letter!


W is for WORM
U is for UNDERGROUND

nature walk - visit garden

    observe green tomatoes, seedlings in straw bale cold frame (red and green lettuces, beets, parsnips, radishes), persimmons ripening and falling off the trees

    dig in garden soil to find worms

    use trowel, shovel
    practice right foot and left foot with shovel, jump on it with both feet
    observe worms, snails, roots of plants

    feel worms, find different sizes and kinds of worms

    when a worm is partly in and partly out of a soil clump, pick up the clump and break it apart to reveal the worm and see how he digs tunnels

snack break

classroom routines - feed rabbit a carrot, brush him

art - make clay worms by rolling self-hardening clay between your hands until it is long and thin, then fold into a W shape

story - read Tillie and the Wall by Leo Lionni

main lesson book

    add W (worm) and U (underground) to MLB using block beeswax crayons

    on practice paper, adults draws W with yellow beeswax crayon
    child traces over it with red
    child practices drawing W on his own
    in MLB, draw W worms in yellow, child traces it in red

    on practice paper, adult draws U with yellow beeswax crayon
    child traces over it with blue
    child practices drawing U on his own
    in MLB, draw U underground in yellow, child traces it in blue

play - go outside and throw a ball in a U shape (underhand)


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1 comment:

Shawna said...

Wonderful! An interesting thing about < W > and < U > is that they have a special relationship. They share this relationship to V as well. In the Roman alphabet, There was a letter that looked like < V > but represented both /u/ and /w/. It represented both vowel and consonant. When the English adopted the Latin alphabet they didn't have any use for the Roman graphemes < VV > and < UU > Doubling the letter indicates a longer production of the vowel. Therefore, they created W ' double U ' . < U > stayed as a vowel, and < V > took on a new representation.