For this week, we learned the letter Aa. Since the girls knew their numbers 1-20, shapes, and colors, I thought it would be good that we just focused on the letter of the week.
Learning with pom poms
I introduced the letter A with some pom pom fun. First, Michaela and Madison practiced tracing the letter A with a dry erase marker. After that, they traced the letter by using tongs and pom poms. On the back of the page is a lowercase “a”. I also turned this into a color learning activity. Ie: trace the capital A with red pom poms only. Then trace lowercase a with purple pom poms.
Michaela and Madison also learned the letter using a dot sticker page. Sometimes, we use a bingo marker and mark dots, but on this day… they wanted to continue using pom poms.
Letter tracing helps build letter recognition and motor skills. The use of tongs and pom poms helps build hand/finger muscles as well as fine motor skills.
- The capital A page is from Oriental Trading Company Blog.
- The Letter A is for Apple dot sticker page is from The Measured Mom blog.
- Mini tongs with rubber hand grips were purchased from Wal-Mart – on sale for $1.oo
- Mini rainbow pom poms were from Hobby Lobby
We love books and reading time. Our favorite are shine-a-light books from Usborne. A is for apple, so we read one of the twins’ favorite book, Secrets of the Apple Tree. This book was purchased from a friend’s online Usborne book party, but you can also purchase it from Amazon.com.
Counting with Play-doh
I absolutely love play-doh. Michaela and Madison was more than happy to learn whenever play-doh is involved. For the girls to learn their numbers, math skills, and fine motor skills, I used play-doh mats. These counting apples playdough mats are free from Playdough to Plato. I love this blog site and I recommend every parent out there to check it out. There are a lot of free printables on-line or you can make your own. We have all sorts of play-doh mats and this one was perfect for the week’s lesson.
Michaela and Madison are into puzzles right now and their favorite puzzles are The Learning Journey Match It. They are learning to recognize words, spelling, and phonics. However, this set did not have any words that starts with the letter A, so I created my own puzzles for them. All you need is card stock, a printer, and scissors. I simply found the image of the word online, copied the image to word document. Typed in the word, print on cardstock, and then cut into puzzles.
A is for Alligator Craft
I saved the best for last. Friday funday is also craft day. For the letter A, the girls made Alligator eating apples. The things you’ll need:
- Construction paper
- glue stick
- brown and green markers
First, I cut out an A using green construction paper. Then I cut the A in half. I also cut out teeth, and 2 white circles for the eyes using white construction paper and 2 small circles using black paper. For the apples, cut several small circles with red construction paper.
The girls had to glue the A together and they had to figure out where to glue the other pieces. I was so proud of them, they wanted no help from mommy.
Lastly, with the red and brown markers, draw in the stem and leaves for the apples.
And there you have it, A is for Alligators eating apples.
Some of the sight words we learned are: a, am, an, at, are, as, at, and, all, about, after.
I have these words written on flash cards. At each reading time, they would each choose a sight word. When we read the book together, we would have to spot the sight word on the card and they would have to read that word. ie: Michaela chooses the word “and”. We read the book, Green Eggs and Ham.” Each time we get to the word “and”, Michaela had to read that word out loud.
The most obvious food item starting with the letter A … APPLES! Michaela and Madison absolutely loves eating apples, so we had no problem feeding it to them. They also helped mommy bake an apple pie. Their favorite part was playing with the pie dough and eating the ice cream that came with the pie.
Other foods we introduced to Michaela and Madison were:
- Asparagus – Madison tried it and said it was too crunchy. Michaela covered her face and asked why I’m feeding her hard grass.
- Artichoke dip – Neither one of the girls touched it. They said it was too goopy, but enjoyed the chips.
- Almonds – Madison loves eating nuts, so she was happy to snack on these. Michaela not so much.
- Almond milk – it has so much more calcium and other nutrients than milk, so I thought I’d try exchanging almond milk for whole milk. Well, they tried it and spit it right out.
- Agave syrup – this was a hit. Instead of maple syrup with their pancakes, I used agave. Of course, anything sweet, the twins will surely love… and they do!
I hope that you find the letter A lessons and activities helpful as well as fun for your little ones.