Pulling together a free Letter of the Week or Letter Sound of the Week curriculum can be done! Is it time consuming finding resources and getting them ready? Yes, so I want to share the resources I’m using with my youngest. Hopefully I will save someone else a bit of work. With access to the internet, a printer, and some basic supplies you can have a wonderful Letter of the Week curriculum.
Little B is currently working her way through Letter Sound of the Week materials. Last year we used Confessions of a Homeschooler’s Letter of the Week. Lots of color printing, but it was cute, bright, and fun. This year I really needed/wanted to go low cost and no color ink. Little B isn’t ready for letter blending yet, so these resources are for introducing either the letters or the consonant and vowel sounds.
I’m going to break it down into four basic parts and share what we use and do. You can, of course, organize your materials however you wish.
- Introduce the letter/letter sound of the week
- Letter craft
- Binder with worksheets/crafts
1. Introduce the Letter/Letter Sound
I introduce the Letter Sound of the Week with this worksheet, available in D’Nealian and standard block print. I cut the stickers (to be used later) off the bottom and hang it on the fridge for the week. I show it to Little B, tell her the letter sound(s), and show her how to trace the letter with her finger.
In her workbox is the corresponding letter mini book, also available in D’Nealian and standard block print. She will use the stickers from the above worksheet. I cut and assemble the book ahead of time, using a paper clip to hold on the stickers. I read each page to her and she finds the matching sticker to glue on.
page 1 of book before assembly
page 2 of book before assembly
2. Letter Craft
I use these super cute ideas found at Totally Tots for the letter craft. The majority of the crafts involve turning the letter into an animal. Little B loves this. I cut out all needed pieces ahead of time and store them in a gallon bag. I’m usually only a few weeks ahead in having everything cut out and ready to go, so I reuse the bags for the next letter crafts.
3. Binder With Worksheets/Crafts
Here are the pages I put into her binder.
alphabet animal puppet
alphabet do a dot – Little B likes to paint on this with a foam marshmallow.
letter h template– Little B usually paints this at the same time as the do a dot sheet, though the template could be used any number of ways. I like that is shows both the upper and lower case letters.
These worksheets are from Starfall, available in block print and manuscript. Each letter has 2-4 pages. There is a simple activity in small print at the bottom, such as clap if the word has the h sound and a list of words. Little B isn’t ready for much writing yet, so I print out pictures for her to paste on the second worksheet.
alphabet pictures for worksheet– I print these out much smaller than the originals. On my printer I simply check the box print 4 pages per page to scale it down. I then cut out the pictures and put them in a sandwich bag in her workbox to go along with the worksheet.
You could also do coloring pages. Little B isn’t much into coloring pages. Here are a couple really cute alphabet coloring page freebies- Mr. Printables alphabet coloring pages and color by number alphabet pages.
In her workbox will be the letter mini book, the bag with cut outs to glue, and a word building mat. The word building mats I printed from this website, however it looks as though they are no longer all available free. I’m linking it anyway as some are still free. They probably change what is free as it is a paid membership site, so this will be hit or miss. I did find these printables from Homeschool Creations that are similar, they are free but they are in color. There is also this book from Scholastic with reproducible word building mats, not free, but I thought I’d link it anyway in case someone might have use for it.
This is what it looks like when it is ready to go for the week. The binder is in place and the workbox is loaded.
How do I organize all this?
I put all the worksheets in a three ring binder with a-z tabs. I only put the current Letter Sound of the Week worksheets into Little B’s binder. When she is done with the week’s worksheets I put them back into my binder for safekeeping. When she is done going through all of the letters she will have this binder to show for her work!
Little B’s finished mini books get stored in a small shoe box. This is on a shelf she has access to and she can look at them whenever she wants.
The build a word mats and letter tracing worksheets get stored in a bigger shoe box.