Letter of The Week W !

Watermelon W

I know some of you have already sent your children back to school, or started your homeschooling year. In our area we have a few weeks left before we send our kids back, put away the slip and slide and start packing lunches once again. So I am holding onto summer as long as I can with this project, I love this one because watermelons are easily recognizable for even the youngest learners.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need green and pink(or red) paper, some black paper, a hole punch, green marker, scissors and glue.
  2. Write a large wide upper case W on the green paper.
  3. Have your child color the W with a dark green marker.
  4. Cut a strip of black paper and grab the hole punch. Help your child punch a number of holes. Make sure to gather the punched holes. My son needed a lot of help with this but wanted desperately to do it. Set aside.
  5. Layer your W and the pink paper and cut .
  6. Trim your pink W by about a centimeter along the bottom edge.
  7. Glue the pink W onto the green W
  8. Add the punched holes for seeds. Let dry.

Books

“The ABC’s Of Fruits And Vegetables And Beyond” by Steve Charney and David Goldbeck is full of information. The authors take you through the letters highlighting one fruit or vegetable for each letter. The text is rhyming, mostly and passable. My son liked this and it was a good book to help teach about fruits and vegetables but unlike really amazing alphabet books it’s not a book you will be picking up time and time again just because. However not only is this an alphabet book but after the authors go through the letters A_Z there are 2 pages for each letter further explaining the fruits and vegetables highlighted, with information about geography, recipes, further reading and more.


” Eating the Alphabet” by Lois Ehlert is an alphabet book extraordinaire! Wonderful paintings of fruits and vegetables seem ultra simple and it is but somehow the way the author has pieced this simple book together is brilliant. Maybe it’s that children learn about food at the table multiple times a day and feel proud being able to identify not only some of the letters but some of the pictures too! From a teaching standpoint I love that there are both upper and lower case letters on each page! This book will grow with your child, and beware it will also make you
hungry!


“One Watermelon Seed” by Celia Barker Lottridge is a counting book that takes the basic 1, 2, 3 to the next level. The book follows a brother and sister as they plant their seeds 1-10. After the watermelon, pumpkins, tomatoes and more are fully grown they count their bounty! This time counting is done by 10s ! Of course my son’s favorite part wasn’t the counting instead he noticed the different bugs and garden critters on each page. I liked the end of the book where there was a page devoted to allowing the reader to see what the outside and inside of these fruits and vegetables looks like.

 

 

Letter Of The Week! W w !

Winter W !


Letter Of The Week is back! My goal with these activities is to have fun while introducing letters, research suggests that parents and teachers need to make sure that letters are taught in context! So don’t worry about following some list, follow your child! Provide a print rich environment, point out various letters throughout the day, and capitalize on their interests , if they are enjoying themselves it will stick! I chose to start with W because it’s my son’s favorite letter and the day we did it we were snowed in!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 1 piece of blue construction paper, 2 pieces of white paper, a white crayon, glue, scissors and some white pom poms.
  2. Draw a large W on your blue construction paper.
  3. Have your child color the W with the white crayon. We opened the blinds to look at the snow for some inspiration!
  4. While your child is coloring, cut out some small snowflakes. If they are able have your child do this step!
  5. When they are done coloring, add some glue.
  6. Add the snowflakes.
  7. Add some “snowballs” – pom poms!
  8. Let dry.
  9. Cut out and glue or tape onto the 2nd white paper.
Books!

“Animals in Winter” by Henrietta Bancroft is part of the Let’s-Read-And-Find-Out Science series and it doesn’t disappoint. I love this series and when I find stage 1 books I am always excited. Non fiction books for 2-5 year olds are hard to find but every single book in this series has been a gem. This book explains hibernation, seasonal migration and why some animals don’t do either of those things! Great illustrations round out this great read!

“Holly’s Red Boots” by Francesca Chessa was a delight to read. Holly wants to go outside in the snow but can’t find her boots. It’s a cute story and the pictures are scrumptious! My son loved that the dinosaur was wearing her boots and wanted to read that page over and over. I also loved that when she does go outside her mom has her baby sibling in a baby carrier! Fun book!

Letter of the Week ! W w !

Word!

This is an awesome craft for children old enough for scissors, it’s still fun with younger ones but it requires a little more prep work. If you are homeschooling and have a word wall you can use those words for your craft , and simply write the words out instead of finding them in newspaper.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some newspaper or paper to write words on, some cardboard ( old cereal boxes are always handy) ,double stick tape, crayons, glue and scissors.
  2. Cut out your words from the newspaper, if your child is able to let them do this themselves. Help the read the words .
  3. If you are doing this for a toddler cut the words out and using double stick tape tape them to cardboard backing , I just used some more cardboard for this. This will allow your child to glue the words on, newspaper is easily crumpled and toddler fingers have a hard time with it. The backing will help them do it without your help, which will help prevent hearing ” I do it” and ” Me do!” .
  4. Draw a big W and cut it out.
  5. Let your child color it with crayons.
  6. Grab the glue - I usually dot it on then close the cap and let my son imitate me. He is learning where to put it , and soon I will open it for him , but right now we are still practicing!
  7. Add the words.
  8. After it’s dry , sit with your child and ask about the words they chose, point our letters or simple praise their fantastic work!