Letter of The Week I

Island I !

When I asked my son what we could make with the letter I he suggested an igloo, which excited me that he knew that igloo started with I but being July , I suggested we make something less wintery. Not sure that the island looks like and I , it sorta looks like just a palm tree but the lesson did the trick my little sponge has been saying ” I igloo, I island” .

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 5 different colors of construction paper paper, glue, crayons or markers, and scissors.
  2. Start by writing a large upper case I on the brown paper.
  3. Have your child color the I. My son was in a monochromatic mood, matching most of his crayons to the paper.
  4. While they do that draw some palm leaves, waves and a sun.
  5. Have them color those as well.
  6. Cut everything out.
  7. Glue the waves on first
  8. Add more glue
  9. Add the I
  10. Add the leaves
  11. Add the sun
  12. Let dry.

” An Island in the Soup “ by Mirelle Levert is an award winning book , and it’s easy to see why. The story follows a little boy who refusing to eat imagines a fantasy world in his bowl of soup, it rains peas and carrots and he encounters a bad fairy but in the end he eats his delicious soup. The illustrations are perfect although the bad fairy’s unibrow is very very frightening!

“It’s Mine!” by Leo Lionni is one of my favorite books to pull out when I hear those words… which I have recently. The story is about 3 frogs who all live on a small island, and fight all the time. They take turns claiming this or that never sharing with each other. When a flood comes they learn that they need to rely on each other and share in order to survive. After they learn their lesson they see that the island is a happier place to be when all their energy isn’t spent fighting and screaming “It’s mine” to each other.

“An Island Grows” by Lola M. Schaefer is so pretty it reminds me of what the store Anthropologie would look if it was a children’s book about how islands are formed. It’s part antique fabric, part funky modern floral patterns… this was the book that I was saying “Whoa” each time I turned the page. It does a great job explaining how islands grow from under water volcanoes too !

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  1. Mandy says

    I just discovered your site from a link on babycenter.com through my birth board (October 2007). It's great. Thank you for sharing all this great information with us moms who are looking for crafty ideas and good books to share with our little ones. Keep up the great work! ~Mandy

  2. Anonymous says

    what a great idea for my new young 4's starting Head Start in Sept.I will be able to observe small motor skills a d eye coordinations.My co-teacher will have a great time with this type of theme.
    Thank you.

  3. Allie says

    I was so worried this one would bomb, when I sketched it it worked… 🙂

    Mandy thank you so much , I hope I keep finding fun things for you to enjoy!

    Melissa- I dread doing the letter i , with older kids you can do inch, and iguana pretty easily but little guys it's so hard!

    Aunt B- you are right! I only ever think of it as a nomadic house for the Inuit <— another I word!

    Anon- I am so happy you can use this with your class!


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