This post will show one of the activities I've put together for our home learning shelf this month. To be honest, since getting back to school this week, the boys haven't done anything on their shelf. However, I did take the time tonight to show this work to my 3 1/2 year old, and he enjoyed doing it with me. I'm not sure he'll choose to do it more on his own at home. So I may move it into my classroom. That way he'll still be able to do it, but more children will have access to it as well.
This is how I have it set up on our home learning shelf. The basket has 26 wooden uppercase alphabet letters. My dad made these for the boys when my oldest son was little. They are AWESOME and we are SOOOOO lucky to have them. There are also two felt pouches; one contains some snowman alphabet cards I printed from Kidssoup. The other holds initial sound picture cards that I printed from Making Learning Fun. I used some felt and rick-rack to make the little pouches. Let me know if you are interested in doing some, and I'll try to post a tutorial. They were VERY easy.
This photo shows the pouch with the snowman alphabet cards.
The basket of wooden letters.
First, I had my son lay out all the snowman letter cards in order on the rug. He had to make three rows. Then he matched the wooden letters to the ones on the cards as shown here.
This pouch holds the initial sound picture cards.
Here you can see the initial sound cards matched with the corresponding letters.
Here you can see the activity "in action" as my little boy worked on it.