Letter Of The Week J Theme

I have been putting off the J because I wanted to do it the week leading up to Halloween for Jack-O-Lantern! I got an email a while back asking how I do letter of the week. Right now I am not doing it at all to be honest, my daughter at 16 months is not interested in letters yet and my son does a letter of the week at preschool and I don’t feel the need to enrich. That said when I was actively doing them at home and as a teacher I did a letter craft on Monday and we’d reference back to the letter when it came up in other activities, ususally read one book with a subject matter starting with that letter and a craft to match that book. I didn’t focus all my energies on that one letter because letters and words work together as a whole dynamic alphabet. Introduce, explore, and have fun but don’t focus only on the letter of the week. I hope that helps anyone with that same question.

{ Letter J Crafts}

Jaguar jJelly Bean J

 

{Crafts and Activities Starting With J}

Cupcake Liner Jelly Fish - Dry Erase Jack-O-Lantern  - Jack and The Beanstalk - Jackson Pollock - Jasper Johns-  Jelly Fish-   Rock Jack-O-Lanterns - Sandpaper Jack-O- Lanterns

{Whole Alphabet Activities }

Glue Letter TracingMuffin Tin Letter Game -  Pumpkin Patch Letter Match  

Letter Of The Week I i

 

Our letter of the week series continues with letter I . There aren’t a huge number of letter I activities but that is a great reminder for parents and teachers to focus on the whole alphabet even while doing a letter of the week program. Letters work together and so we should teach them together. Use letter of the week as a way to focus some extra time on one letter not to focus all your time on it. Alphabet books are a great way to bring all the letters together and we have 3 great ones in the post too!

{Letter I Crafts}

Ice Cream IIsland I

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{Activities And Crafts Begining With I}

Ice Cream Taste Test - Insect Painting - Insect Hunt

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{Alphabet Books}

Bruno Munari’s ABC by Bruno Munari will make you wish you had an extra copy to  pull out the pages and frame them. It’s  1960 retro gold. The book is simple enough, each page is devoted to a letter like most alphabet books, and on those pages are objects that start with the letter. There are cheeky bits of dry humor throughout as a fly shows up on pages after F and my son liked the S page with a sack of stars and snow for Santa. All in all a little different but not ground breaking.  However the way it is graphically designed perfectly captures the retro cool that simply can’t be recreated with a new book. My son liked it but wasn’t nearly as into it as I was.

A Is for Astronaut: Exploring Space from A to Z by Traci N. Todd is a typical themed alphabet book that is atypically funky. The vintage illustrations and historical photos from NASA makes this book stand out from other similar books. Each letter represents a number of space related items and the historical photos are so powerful in this because it bridges the gap from being a story to being information that children are eager to dive into further. There is something so powerful about a photograph to make that connection that this really happened, these guys really walked on the moon in ” the olden days” as my son calls any time before his birth in 2006.

Learn The Alphabet : with Northwest Coast Native Art by Native Northwest was an amazing gas station find. Yes I said gas station. I ran in for some diet coke and came out with an alphabet book ! This book is amazing, bright beautiful and even though I bought it for my daughter since it’s bright colors and sturdy pages are perfect for a baby, my almost 4 year old son adores it. What I love is when he reads it to her . The Native art is gorgeous and if you are unfamiliar with North West coast art you are in for a treat.

Letter Of The Week – H Theme

Letter of the week H

Our letter of the week themed posts have reached the letter h! I hope that these letter of the week posts help you find inspiration for your letter lessons but remember this isn’t a check list , choose a few fun things to create with the letter and stick to a variety of whole alphabet lessons for the rest of your week.

{Letter H h Crafts}

Letter of the week h

Hand HHeart HHouse h

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{Crafts and Activities That Start With H }

Hammering Activity -Hat Haunted House Craft - Heart Crafts - Hedgehog Craft - Hospital - Hot Dog Craft - House Craft

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{ Whole Alphabet Activities}

lap top craft

Cereal Box Laptop -  Post Office Letter Sorting - Pumpkin Letter Match

Letter Of The Week – G Theme!

Letter of the week theme posts continue with letter G. The goal of theme posts are to provide all your choices in one spot, not as a guide to do them all. Pick and choose what will appeal to your child the most and remember to have fun playing with these letters. If you are doing a letter other than G this week check out our Letter of The Week section to find even more letters to create and learn.

{ Letter G Crafts }


Grass GGreen and Gold G –  Green g

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{Crafts and Activities That Start With G}


Garbage Sorting - Garbage Truck - Garden Sensory Tub- Gardening With KidsGhost Crafts- Grapes - Guitar CraftGuitar Math

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{Whole Alphabet Activities}

Alphabet Bead Activities Jar Lid Letter MatchLetter Pizza!

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{G Themed Books }

Books About Gardening

Books About Geography

Books About Goldilocks and The Three Bears

Letter Of The Week – F Theme

Letter of the week is a great way to introduce a letter. While I don’t use the classic letter of the week system I have used one letter craft a week as the focus of crafting for ONE DAY. The rest of the week and even the rest of that day is for focusing on the alphabet as a whole, how letters work together and in context.  I have already done this for A , B, C, D and E and so I start this school year off with F . Of course we also have our Alphabet Crafts eBook , and all our letter of the week crafts we’ve done previously as a resource as well. Remember to include the whole alphabet every day to keep learning in context , for that I have included some great alphabet books and activities below.

{Letter F Crafts }

Feather FFire FFish FFlag FFood F

{Crafts and Activities That Start With F }


Fire Trucks- Fireworks - Fish - Fishing GameFlags- Flowers- FootballFrankenstein- Frogs

{Whole Alphabet Crafts and Activities}


Letter DominoesLetter MemoryOn The Go Letter Search- Alphabet Sensory Tub

{Alphabet Books}

Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert is an alphabet book extraordinaire and perfect for a letter F eek, since it’s all about food!  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!

Alphabet Soup by Scott Gustafson is a treat! I read a lot of alphabet books and this one stands out for so many reasons. Otter is hosting a potluck and his animal friends are all bringing something to share. Each page is devoted to an animal with a coordinating food item and more. This book is reminiscent of Graham Base’s Animalia but mush more toddler friendly. Where Animalia is great for older children because it’s so full of detail, this book brings it down a notch but still enchants you with stunning illustrations and fantastic coordinating text.

ABC USAby Martin Jarrie is another beautiful alphabet book!  Like most alphabet books it devotes a page to each letter with vibrant illustrations . Not everything in this book is by any means unique to the United States but most are. I specifically appreciated the I for Immigrants page, both from a historical and personal perspective, my son loved the J for Jazz and we both loved all the whimsical illustrations. There are a lot of learning opportunities presented as well, school age children could really benefit from it as well the 2 letters that stood out for me for further learning were U for Underground Railroad and V for Valley Forge.  How ever you use this it’s worth a look for certain.