Letter of the week is a popular theme for daycare centers and preschools but more and more research points to making sure that you don’t focus only on one letter too extensively . So please remember to have a environment rich in print, choose a few of these projects NOT all and only ones that are or will be meaningful for your child or students.The trick is finding the right balance in your preschool activities, learning in context is key. A great place to start is with the letters in your child’s name.
Letter M Crafts
Map M– Marshmallow M– Monster m – Mountain M
Crafts & Activities That Begin with M
Map – Masks– Matisse Collage – Maze – Memory Games– Mining Activities– Mitten Match
Monster Crafts– Moon Crafts – Moose Craft– Mouse Puppet – Mushroom Printing
Alligator Alphabet by Stella Blackstone and Stephanie Bauer. I was so excited to find this book because just this week my son started pointing out lower case letters in text. This book is a beautifully illustrated book with each letter represented on its own page. Pretty standard right? Wrong, although the text below the illustration had both upper and lower case letters, the main illustration is only the lower case letter. This is perfect for children like my son who are just starting to learn their lowercase letters.Alphabet Books
“A” Was Once An Apple Pie by Edward Lear and Suse MacDonald is an adaptation of the classic Edward Lear poem that had both my children transfixed. The bold bright colors kept my daughter who is 10 months old wide-eyed the whole time and the playful way Suse MacDonald adapted the text had my son listening from A-Z as well. It was incredibly fun to read allowed tongue-tying me at times which resulted in us all giggling hysterically in a heap. A book that can do that is a must-have in my opinion.
Al Pha’s Bet by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a rare find. An alphabet book that can keep a 5 year old who says alphabet books are for babies, completely engaged. The story follows Al who has bet himself that he can win a contest ordered by the King figure out an order for the brand new 26 letters that were just invented. In a string of adorable events and a little chance the alphabet as we know it is put together. My son thought it was hysterical that P was put in the line up after Al went pee. It’s a cute idea for a book and abstract enough to be a bit of a challenge for preschoolers but just the right level of interest for kids that think they know it all when it comes to the alphabet.
Lisa Marie Mary says
The mountain picture is just way. too. cute. 😀
I found a wonderful alphabet book at the library this week! If Rocks Could Sing, A Discovered Alphabet by Leslie McGuirk. You should check it out.
I will – I saw a bunch yesterday but my bag was already full and I couldn’t lift it and my wiggly daughter, we’ve entered the “not as much fun to take to the library stage” . I think I may sneak away alone and grab a few – writing this one down now!