Letter Rr

Activities   Songs and Poems   Sing Along Song 1 or 2

The letter-sound association we are studying this week is "R r" as in "red robin" or "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Here are some activities you can do with your child to help reinforce our classroom activities.

1. Play a listening game.
Which words in the sentence begin like "red robin?"

    a. The rabbit ran down the road.
    b. The rosebush has deep roots.
    c. The rain will ruin my picnic.
    d. The baby reached for the rattle.
    e. Remember the rules of the game.
2. Which two words in each group begin with the "R r" sound?

    row, run, dream          quack, rough, river
    read, throw, roar         right, really, pickle
    more, rose, ride          raspberries, sing, ripe
    rest, pilot, room          rock, referee, walrus
3. Play a Word Guessing game.
All words your child guesses should begin with "R r."

    a. I see dark clouds in the sky. I think it's going to ________. (rain)
    b. A little animal with a cotton tail and long ears is called a ____. (rabbit)
    c. The colors in the flag are blue, white and _______. (red)
    d. A square and triangle have sharp corners, but a circle is ________. (round)
4. Rhyme Time: I will tell you about some words I am thinking of.
Each word will begin with the same sound as "radio."
    a. This is one of your hands. Its name rhymes with light. What is it? (right)
    b. This is what people drive on. Its name rhymes with toad. What is it? (road)
    c. This is a beautiful flower. Its name rhymes with nose. What is it? (rose)
    d. This is something we eat. It rhymes with nice. What is it? (rice)
    e. This gets shot into space. It rhymes with pocket. What is it? (rocket)
5. Look through magazines to find pictures of things beginning like "red robin." Glue them to a piece of paper and have your child label the pictures using "invented spelling." Your child should say the word a few times so he/she can listen to the sounds at the beginning, middle and end of the word. Your child should guess how the word is spelled and write his/her letter guesses under each picture. If your child is interested in the correct spelling you can tell him/her after he/she guesses the sounds.

6. Sing "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" and "Row, Row, Row Your Boat."

7. Show your child how to write "R r" like this:

R: Make a straight line from top to bottom. Then go back to the top and make a curved line on the right of the line that goes to the middle line, pause, then make a slanted line toward the right to the bottom line.
r: Make a straight line from the middle to the bottom line, pause, trace back up then make a curved line to the right that stops halfway between the middle line and the bottom line.

Rr Things to Do

Check out the "Rr" snacks, crafts, songs, math activities and games at this website: http://www.alphabet-soup.net/alpha/alphabite18.html

Trace your child's hands for antlers, cut a large triangle for the head. Glue the hand antlers on the top, then make a red fingerprint nose and two black thumb print eyes. You can also cut eyes and a nose out of colored paper.

Read to your child every day. Try to feature books with R words in the title. Write all the titles of the books you and your child read on the monthly Read-To-Me form.

Have your child move around the house like a robot. Give him/her commands like "stop," "go," "sit," "reverse," etc. Look for things that begin with the "Rr" sound as possibilities to share for our "Show and Tell Guessing Game" on Friday.

Rr is for Rocks
Gather rocks and put them in a plastic tub. Let your child classify the rocks by sizes (big, medium and small) on to a big piece of paper, a medium piece of paper or a small piece of paper with the corresponding words written on each size paper.

Songs and Poems

Row Row Row Your Boat
A classic favorite. Teach your child how to do this song in rounds, where one person starts, and when they reach the second "Row, row, row.." the next person starts at the beginning.

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The Rooster
Tune: Pop! Goes The Weasel

The rooster crows at the break of day.
To say the day is new.
We all know just what he'll say,
It's cock-a-doodle-doo!

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I'm A Railroad Engineer
Tune: Down By The Station

Down at the station
Early in the morning,
See all the trains
Standing in a row.
I'm a railroad engineer,
I jump aboard my train.
Chug, chug, chug, chug
Off I go.

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Rainbow Colors
Tune: Hush, Little Baby
Sing Along to the words and pictures!

Rainbow purple, rainbow blue,
Rainbow green and yellow too.
Rainbow orange, rainbow red,
Rainbow smiling overhead.

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Rainbow Song
Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

When the rain falls from the sky,
(Flutter fingers downward.)
Don't forget to look up high.
(Cup hand above eyes and look up.)
If the sun is shining there,
(Make a circle with arms above head.)
You may find a rainbow fair.
(Sweep arms in an arc above head.)
Red orange, yellow, green and blue.
And you'll see there's purple, too.

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Ten Little Reindeer
Tune: Ten Little Indians

One little, two little, three little reindeer,
Four little, five little, six little reindeer,
Seven little, eight little, nine little reindeer,
Playing in the snow.

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The Robot Song
Tune: The Wheels On The Bus

The arms of the robot swing up and down,
Up and down, up and down,
The arms of the robot swing up and down,
All around the room.

The legs of the robot move back and forth...
The head of the robot turns side to side...
The buttons on the robot blink on and off...
The voice of the robot says beep, beep, beep...

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Rain Fingerplay

Rain on the green grass.
(Flutter fingers down to ground.)
And rain on the tree.
(Flutter fingers up over head.)
Rain on the housetop,
(Make upside down "V" with hand and arms.)
But not on me!
(Circle arms over head to make umbrella.)

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Tune: Row Row Row Your Boat

Rain, rain falling down,
(Flutter fingers up and down.)
Landing all around.
(Move arms out to sides.)
What a lovely sound you make
(Cup hands behind ears.)
Splashing on the ground.
(Wiggle fingers up and down.)

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