25+ Literacy Explorations

I'm slowly working through the photos in my This Week posts and collating all the photos into separate posts to make them easier to search. There's so much in those posts; snippets of our homeschool days, but they kind of get lost in the archives.

First up, literacy. In this post I've gathered together some ideas for pre-writing explorations, recognising letters and writing words.

All of the explorations are very hands-on; using lots of lovely manipulatives, art materials, sensory materials and even out in the garden. 

I hope you find them useful. 

Tracing pre-writing lines with loose parts | threading wooden beads | drawing on the light panel | drawing with large chalk & paintbrushes | strengthening hand muscles with clay & water

Writing with large chalk (alphabet cards from Teepee Learning) | tracing sandpaper letters | creating letters with pushpins & rubber bands | stamping with wooden letter stamps | stamping in kinetic sand (wooden tray) | creating letters with wooden shapes | writing letters in coloured salt | creating letters with loose parts | matching letters with letter tiles and cards | matching letters to seeds


Tracing sight words with chalk & water| making sight words with letter tiles | creating sight words with letter shapes | writing sight words in coloured salt |writing letters to friends | writing stories in blank books | writing comic books | daily journal writing | writing sentences with letter tiles | creating microscope slides

Lots of simple ideas for exploring language in a very hands-on way 🙂

Next time I think I will collate the maths photos. 


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14 Replies to “25+ Literacy Explorations”

  1. These are so beautiful and so doable.

  2. Your beautiful photos always tell such a story! Love this post, love your blog xx

  3. so many wonderful wonderful ideas… inspiring as always, kate xxx

  4. Thankyou again for such beautiful inspirations…. So helpful xx

  5. I have been enjoying reading your blog, Kate. It is very inspiring. Can i ask where did you get the wooden book stand? (The one to place the book or card upwards they are working with) . Thanks

    1. Hi Elna 🙂 It’s a little easel that I bought quite a few years ago now on a clearance table at a fabric store. It’s been really great though, if you ever stumble across one. I use it all the time for displaying books, art work, word cards, letter cards, all kinds of things.

  6. Absolutely gorgeous Kate and very inspiring. You have such a great collection of literacy exploration ideas and they are just fantastic! I always love reading your blog (gorgeous photographs too!).

    1. Thanks Suzie 🙂

  7. I would love to know more about how you made your microscope slides!

    1. Hi Sue, we made them using clear contact paper. Jack wrote the labels 🙂 Here’s a post I wrote about it: http://www.aneverydaystory.com/2015/05/25/seed-plant-inquiry/

  8. this post is just what we needed. Thank you!!

  9. Beautiful kids and very focused!
    What kind of clay do you use and what do you do with it exactly?

    1. Thanks Julia. We use a few different kinds of clay. Mostly we use recycled clay from a local potters society. We also use air-dry clay. The kids like to squelch around in it. We also use clay quite a lot for making models of what ever they are interested in at that time. The air-dry clay is fantastic because it dries quickly and then the kids can paint it.

  10. They are such beautiful photos full of wonderful inspiration. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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