We have s l o w l y been working on our preschool alphabet unit studies over the past several weeks, and finished up our "A" week quite Awhile Ago, Already! I thought I'd post a few pictures before too much more time passes - otherwise I may never get Around to it :) Actually our "week" ended up taking the better part of two weeks to complete...but that is okAy - Little Monkey (and his brothers and sister!) (and Mom ;) had A lot of fun!
Since LM is still only 3 this year, my main goal for him is just to have fun while working on basic preschool skills, and giving him his first taste of phonics. So we are going to take our time going through the alphabet, and may end up taking two ... or three... weeks for each letter. It will probably depend on how many activities we can think of to do!
Here are a few highlights from our "A" Week :
~ Literature ~
other books on my list for the next time around:
Life & Times of the Apple (Charles Micucci)
How to Make an Apple Pie & See the World (Marjorie Priceman)
Alligator Boy (Cynthia Rylant)
~ Phonics ~
We talked a lot about the sounds that "A" makes...
...and then I found this cute worksheet with alligators on it, at this website:
I was mostly looking for something with big letters to color in (and an alligator!), but he turned out to be interested in the tracing, too...
...then we pulled out the playdough for some fun AND...
... AND to practice the idea of making a circle and a stick for the letter "a"...
Of course, Peanut really liked this part of the week, too -
This was Peanut's first time to play with playdough, since I've been saving it just for school time. I think he liked it!
(Maybe a little too much!)
~ Bible ~
For our Bible lesson, we read about Abraham from Little Monkey's Early Reader's Bible, by V. Gilbert Beers. I really like this little Bible-story book - each story is just 2 or 3 (small) pages long and wraps up with three or four comprehension questions that are perfect for preschoolers. He has learned SO much since we began reading this together - and he enjoys it, too. He says it's his "wittle book all about God."
~ Arts and Crafts ~
For our first project, I found the idea for making this simple paper alligator at the Enchanted Learning website. We did change a few minor things from the original directions...if you want to see how we made it, you can read my post about it here.
We also made some alligator-clippy magnets for the fridge, another very simple craft!
...and Little Monkey painted away ...
Once the clips were dry, we added a couple googley-eyes to each one...
... along with a stick-on magnet to the bottom of the clip...
.... and that's it! Alligator fridge magnets. My kitchen has never been so reptilian as it has been lately, lol!...
~ A-week Recipe ~
(I posted the recipe we used here.)
As I said, we are moving s l o w l y through this study....but I believe I should have some pics to post of our "B" week before too long! ;)