This week I highlighted the letter B. I did a "Bears and Berries" Story Time (idea borrowed from Sunflower Story Time
). At the start of story time, I asked the kids to think of some B-words, emphasizing the "buh" sound the letter B makes. I wrote down the ones they said. It's a great idea to write down what kids say so they know spoken words are written words as well.
The first book I shared had many a B-words. The Bear Ate Your Sandwich
by Julia Sarcone-Roach is a tale about a bear (or was it?) that ate a little girl's sandwich. I was floored while reading it how many B-words were used. I had to stop reading it to highlight the sting of B-words I had just read.
And, that's ok to do. I know sometimes stopping mid-story can throw the storyline, but pointing out something just discussed will hopefully cement the concept. For instance, I spoke about how B-words start with a "buh" sound. Asking the kids if they heard any "buh" sounds in what I just read helps them practice hearing individuals sounds that make up words.
So, go get that book and try it out! It's amusing.