The letter of the week is Dd.

To help my youngest (age 2) to begin to recognize letters and learn more words I have been utilizing a letter of the week theme. For the letter Dd I made a poster to use as a visual aid throughout the week that we could save and review many times. To go along with it I made a matching worksheet in which my oldest daughter (age 6) could use to practice her reading skills. At age 2 I don’t expect my youngest to retain each letter, my intention is exposure. The more a child is exposed to the more they will retain later. With that in mind I placed the pages within a dry erase pocket that I store upon our learning wall to reuse the matching page. When finished with the week I placed everything within a folder to bring out and review again. Of course you can choose to laminate each page for durability, I however chose not to in order to save on lamination paper.

Dd is for duck coloring page.

The image below shows step by step directions for a letter Dd inspired dinosaur craft that doesn’t involve printing anything out. You can choose to keep it simple and allow your kid to just trace the letters with finger paint, markers, etc. If your looking for more ideas that doesn’t involve printing anything out check out your local dollar store for alphabet workbooks.

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Letter of the week is Cc.

For the letter Cc I made a poster and a simple match the picture with the correct word activity. For my youngest (age 2) the posters are helpful to introduce the concept of letter sounds. It also allows the chance to discuss similarities and differences. For example a cat, caterpillar, and cow are all animals which makes them similar. While carrots, cookies, and cupcakes are all similar because they are foods. The matching activity works as a review for my oldest (age 6) that already knows the alphabet and letter sounds. She’s currently learning to read. The matching activity allows her additional exposure to reading and sounding out words outside of her own school lessons.

Placed within a dry erase pocket to reuse.

In addition to the poster and worksheets I made a coloring page that went along with the letter Cc. Cc is for cat. I often write simple sentences for beginner readers to add in additional reading time outside of my oldest daughters reading lessons.

For a letter Cc activity that doesn’t need to be printed out you can simply draw a capital and lowercase C on a piece of paper. Point to the Big C and explain to the child that this is a capital C. Then point to the small c and say this is a lowercase c. Then explain that each letter has a a big and small version. You can allow the child to use paint, markers, crayons etc. to trace the upper and lowercase Cc. For additional letter Cc writing practice check the dollar store it is a great place to find handwriting practice books amongst other various workbooks.

Tracing the letter Cc using paint.

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Items pictured above are helpful toys and books my husband and I use with our daughters to recognize the letters of the alphabet.

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