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I was brainstorming with @lizpatanders on Twitter about ways to do a "Letter of the Day" in storytime. I normally use a puppet for the letter of the day (Fergus the Letter Monster), but Liz was looking for ideas without using puppets and we came up with this idea:
"Letter" of the day. Decorate a box like a mailbox, or just use a manila envelope addressed to storytime.
"Letter B went on vacation and sent us back some pictures of things that start with 'B'!
Here's an uppercase letter 'B', and a lowercase letter 'b'. When we see the letter B we make the sound, Buh. Let's see what letter B sent us."
Then you could have pictures of things that start with B (and maybe even one that doesn't start with the right letter).
For doing this with a toddler group, eliminate the pictures, and just show the letter B and talk about its shape using words like straight, tall, round--maybe with some directed movement. Throw in some vocabulary stretching B words and you're set!
What other ways do you use to share a letter of the day--with or without puppets?