Thursday, January 3, 2013

Fun Class: Z for Zebra

I did this fun class with my kids last month when my mother in law was in Singapore visiting us. She was interested in my teaching method and amazed at her two grandchildren's progress.

The two kids sang the greeting song to start the lesson.

I let her trace the upper and lower case letter Z.

We listened to the nursery rhyme of letter Z, which went like this:
Zipping Zooming z, z, z,
Z is the sound of z.

Do note that American pronounce it as zee/ˈz/ while British pronounce it as zed /ˈzɛd/, both are acceptable.


My son took the pictures of objects spelled after Z from an envelope, he passed the pictures to his sister; the sister named the objects before pasting them on the letter Z paper.

I forgot to put double sided tape on the back of the pictures again, she pasted the pictures with glue.


She labeled the pictures with the words I printed on sticker. She read the words before pasting them on the correct picture.

Her picture done.
If you would like to download all the pictures spelled after A - Z, click here.


She coloured the phonics sheet.

I prompted her to spell the word "zebra". For technique on prompting, you may refer here. 

My son was scribbling on the paper while I was teaching my girl.

The craft for this lesson is to paint the stripes on a zebra cut out by using marbles.
You may draw and cut the shape of a zebra from a piece of white paper. Put the cut out in a container. Colour the marbles (two) with black paint, put the marbles in the container and let the kid shake the container.
My boy was very excited and was shaking the container hard!

The zebra art done. I find it rather artistic! haha!

The rhyme for this lesson was adapting from "I'm a little teapot":
I'm a little zebra (bend knees and hands low)
With many stripes (hands make stripes)
Black and white and many stripes (one hand stripe down and another)
x 2 times

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The lesson plan:
1) Greeting Song, click here
2) Introduce letter Z, kid traces capital and small letterZ
3) Kid listens to phonics sound and song of Z
4) Kid takes pictures of object begin with letter Z, names and pastes the pictures on an A4 paper.
5) Kid labels the pictures.
6) Prompting
7) Colour the phonics sheet (optional)
8) Craft work
9) Summary
10) Closing song.

Development age: 3 years 9 mths
(every kid learns on his or her own pace, this is just a milestone of my girl as a guideline)

I attended my phonics lesson for mummies here.

List of my fun classes:
1) A for Ant
2) A for Apple
3) B for Bubbles and Bear
4) C for Crocodile
5) C for Cake
6) D for Duck and Dog
7) E for Egg and Elephant
8) F for Frog
9) F for Fish
10) G for Goat
11) H for Horse
12) H for House
13) I for Insect
14) I for Indian
15) J for Jelly
16) J for Jack-in-the-box
17) K for Kettle
18) K for Kangaroo
19) L for lollipop
20) L for Leaf
21) M for Monkey
22) M for Mummy
23) N for Necklace
24) N for Net
25) O for Octopus
26) O for Orange
27) P for Potato
28) P for Pig
29) Q for Queen
30) Q for Quilt
31) R for Rabbit
32) R for Rainbow 
33) S for Snake
34) S for Star
35) T for Tiger
36) T for Tortoise
37) U for Up and Under 
38) U for Umbrella 
39) V for Vegetable 
40) V for Vase
41) W for Worm
42) W for Whale
43) X is a cross
44) X for X-ray
45) Y for Yolk
46) Y for Yacht


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