Letter Of The Week !

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Letter of the week w

My son was on 4 flights in one week and each time we sat by the wings and each time had a discussion about flying, and all the different things that have wings and fly.  So today we decided to make a fast and easy letter of the week craft that built on his experience of talking about wings and all sorts of things that fly. If you don’t have feathers you could use aluminum foil and make metal airplane wings for your w.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of construction paper, some markers, scissors, glue and feathers. Letter of the week w
  2. Start by writing a lowercase w with some wings.Letter of the week craft
  3. Have your child decorate the w – if we had made airplane wings you can draw a cockpit or decorate it with airplane stickers. My son is still into tracing the w but I don’t structure this step at all. Letter of the week w
  4. Add glue to the wings. Letter of the week w
  5. Add feathers. Letter of the week w
  6. Let dry.
  7. Cut out and glue to the 2nd piece of construction paper.Letter of the week w

Books With Wings!

Birds by Kevin Henkes , illustrated by Laura Dronzek is stunning. I love this author but this book is absolutely about the pictures. The cover is beautiful but there are pages that I just wanted to look at the way I look at paintings at a museum. The book is perfect for toddlers and young preschooler, it’s non fiction , simple and has a great flow. The colors are so vibrant I would bet that infants would dig it too! Awesome awesome awesome!

Monarch Butterfly by gail gibbons

Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons is a small book filled with facts about these beautiful and amazing insects. What makes this book a great non fiction pick for your preschooler is that the pictures are so descriptive that even young toddlers can sit ,look at the pictures and have you describe them without going into the text which is more appropriate for preschoolers. Preschoolers will love all the facts about these beautiful butterflies.


Angela’s Airplane by Robert Munsch captures children’s fantasies about flying planes and adds in a cautionary tale about what could happen if the fantasy became reality. Angela finds her way onto a plane and starts pushing buttons, before she knows it she is in the air alone. The plane crashes but she is ok, and promises to never fly another plane. Do you think she keeps that promise? My son adores this book and while you may think that the crash would be scary for kids it’s not , the ridiculousness of a 5 year old flying a plane makes the crash equally as fictional though effective in opening a dialogue about touching buttons you shouldn’t!

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Letter Of The Week

House h Letter h Craft

This week’s letter of the week craft is fun but be prepared to use paper that matches your house. I had red paper all ready, my h was written out and I hear from across the table ” I want a white house, our house isn’t red mama it’s white!” he was right, our house is white so we started over, I took new materials pictures and we were all set.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 3 colors of construction paper, some markers( crayons will be fine too!), glue, and scissors.Letter h lesson
  2. Start by writing a lowercase h on your paper. Letter of the week craft h
  3. Have your child decorate it anyway they want. My son is starting to show interest in writing and has been tracing the letters lately when we make these crafts then pronounces he’s ready for the next step. I just sit back and watch , loving how this came about so naturally. Letter of The Week lesson
  4. Ask how many windows they want and cut them out ( I added crossbars) , also cut o.ut a roof and the top of a chimney. Letter of The Week h
  5. Cut the h out and glue it on a contrasting sheet of paper. Letter of The Week h
  6. Time to add the glue for the house pieces! Letter h craft
  7. Add the roof. Letter of The Week h
  8. Add the windows and chimney topper.Letter of The Week h Letter of The Week h
  9. Let dry.

Books

Building A House

Building a House by Byron Barton is a no frills look at how homes are built. The bright colors and concise wording is perfect for preschoolers. I love that there is writing on one page and illustrations on the other, makes it super easy to show children the pictures as well as for them to see you follow the text with your finger!

House For A Hermit Crab

A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle is a fun book about a hermit crab’s search for things to make her house a perfect home.  Each month she finds another thing ( or sea creature)  in the ocean to add to her house. This book is a good teaching tool for months of the year, sea life and houses.

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Green is Good!

Letter of the week g

Thank you so much for all of you who completed the reader survey, something I am going to try to incorporate more often by request are crafts that can be done by a wide range of ages. This green g is simple, and a 18 month old just showing interest in letters could easily explore with paint, crayons and markers, but an older child could make work of it as well.  I was pleasantly surprised by how much my son loved this project. My husband and I made dinner while my little artist explored every green marker and paint we had!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some white and green paper,glue, scissors,  a huge assortment of green markers, glitter glue, paint- everything you have ! If you are doing this with a younger child limit as you see fit! You can’t mess this project up.Letter of the week g
  2. Write a g on your white paper- we are doing lowercase but it will work great with an uppercase as well.Letter of the week g
  3. Start making it green! We started with do a dot art dobbers. Letter of the week G
  4. Next up roller paints. Letter of the week
  5. Marker time!Letter of the week
  6. Last but not least glitter ( my son’s nails still have it embedded on them despite a bath!). Letter of the week
  7. Let dry, cut out and glue onto the green paper. Letter of the week g

Color Books

Hello Red Fox

Hello, Red Fox by Eric Carle is a fun interactive book about colors and the color wheel. Kids will love the “trick” on each page. The trick being that if you stare at a color for long enough then stare at a blank page the complimentary color will appear! This book is great, but not for a group, a class will disintegrate into “Let me!!” and “My turn!” quickly so this is really is best read one on one!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle is a classic, it is genius in it’s simplicity. So often we think things have to have fancy bells and whistles to keep toddlers and preschoolers interested and this book proves us wrong yet again. I haven’t met a child who hasn’t responded well to this book about colors and animals!

Lemons Are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a clever book each page offers a sneak peek at what it next, which my son thought was genius and I have to agree. Soon my son was making his own predictions about what object would be revealed when we turned the page. The book offered so many chances for me to step in and ask my son questions about what we were reading without stalling the momentum of the book.

Letter Of The Week – Olympic Edition!

t Torch

Olympic Craft

The Olympics are a big deal in our house. My grandma was a Canadian Olympian, I lived in Calgary in 1988 when they hosted the Winter Games and grew up in Vancouver where the Olympics are going on as we speak. We are heading up to Vancouver later this week and getting very excited. For today’s letter of the week I had to do something with an Olympic theme.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a black piece of paper, a white piece of paper and some red and yellow tissue paper ( or regular paper too) , glue, scissors and markers ( the Olympic colors- red, green, black, blue and yellow).Olympic Craft
  2. Start by writing an upper or lowercase t.Olympic Craft
  3. I drew the Olympic Rings to add to the torch , this is totally optional.Olympic Craft
  4. Have your child decorate the torch with the markers. I absolutely LOVE how my son decorated it, I don’t know why I do so much but this craft is not getting recycled, I think it’s so pretty.Olympic Craft
  5. Cut out the Olympic rings – I drew lines to guide him( and then I still helped him as well) .Olympic Craft
  6. Cut out the t and glue it to the black paper, add glue for the Olympic rings.Olympic Craft
  7. Add the Olympic rings.Olympic Craft
  8. Cut the tissue paper to make flames. Let the kids go nuts, irregular cuts make awesome flames.Olympic Craft
  9. Add glue.Olympic Craft
  10. Add the flames and let dry.Olympic Craft

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Book

Tacky and the winter games

Tacky and the Winter Games by Helen Lester is wonderful, hilarious and really explains the winter games  in a fun way. Of course these winter games a little different than the ones you may be watching on TV, the skis are made of fish and the medals are a little more honest than our bronze, silver and gold- my favorite being “Not Bad” for the third place.  The process of leading up to competition is very similar though the eating healthy, physical training and even an opening ceremonies of competitors from various lands.  Kids will pick up on the similarities quickly but also the ways that Tacky never really follows the crowd, he is an odd bird after all. Like in all the Tacky books Tacky stands out from the others, and just when we think he’s messed up for good, he finds redemption! Very cute book and perfect for this activity.

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