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The Preschool Corner: Letter A

This week we started in a local homeschool co-op. Zachary’s class is focusing on a letter of the alphabet each week, so we started working on letter “Aa” activities.

Zachary also started trying to putting his own words together this week. He kept asking for me to sound out a word and he would use our magnet letters to “write” them on the board: hut, God, cat…he loved it and was so proud of himself for doing it! He even sat down and started reading some simple words to me!! Yeah, Zachary!

He’s also making big improvements in cutting and making most of the letters in his name – that “Z” can be awfully tricky!

ABC Book: Apple

The alphabet book page for the letter “A” was an apple this week. I cut out an apple shape from red construction paper and Zachary ripped it in half horizontally so that it looked like the apple was munched on a little bit. He also tore the sides of a white rectangle cut out from construction paper and we glued the top and the bottom of the apple to it. He added a leaf and made seeds for the core of the apple by making black fingerprints. Too cute!

Art Activity: Ant Fingerprints

Ink pads are always a favorite and since they were already out this week, Zachary went ahead and made little ants using his fingerprints. When he was done making the bodies with his fingerprints, he added legs and antennaes on them.

Fun Activities

Apple Prints ā€“ cut an apple in half and use it to stamp colorful prints on paper.

Letter Sheet/Collage


We have a white board and chalk board all-in-one from Melissa and Doug that Zachary likes to use, so this week he practiced his letters on the white board (because using the eraser is much fun!

Rhymes and Songs

(To the tune of “Farmer in the Dell”)

Let’s sing hurray for A,
Let’s sing hurray for A,
Let’s sing hurray for A today
Let’s sing hurray for A.
Apple starts with A,
Ants starts with A,
Let’s sing hurray for A today,
Let’s sing hurray for A.

Tot School

This week I finally got around to taking more pictures of Kaleb “doing school” and making a real effort to pull special things out to do with only him. Carissa at 1+1+1=1 hosts “Tot School” each week and this is my first (of hopefully many!!) week of posting along with her.

Kaleb spent some time with Daddy working with one of his Discovery Toys Shape sorters. He loves popping the shape in and then quickly reaching in to grab the shape back out. There are a few shapes he can do on his own, but I love this sorter, since it also teaches the kids to match colors as well as the shapes.
While I was in the kitchen, Kaleb pulled out all of my baking sheets and we had a little music festival of sorts. He spent a great deal of time arranging the pans “just so” and was even sweet enough to put them all right back where they belong. He loves to clean up (yeah for me!).
We all had a great time playing Hulabaloo together. Kaleb hasn’t grasped the concept of what he is supposed to do, but he has a great time trying to imitate the other kids. He was so upset when we put the game away and promptly pulled it all back out to play again by himself.
He’s only played with the our marble sorter a few times (since he doesn’t get to go downstairs much yet) and LOVED it (of course getting the other kids to let him play by himself for a few minutes was rather difficult).

Our other shape sorter he loves too, although he does know it’s much easier to just take the top off and put the shapes in without the lid. :)
He is trying to count along with me right now. When I start him on “one”, he quickly chimes in ever-so-sweetly, “two.” He loves to say “Go!” and each day we hear new little words coming from him. So much fun!
This next week we’re working with a little bit of a different schedule for our day, and that schedule will hopefully offer a fun routine for the kids that will also allow me a little more individual time with Kaleb.

The Preschool Corner: Handwriting without Tears

I’ve started out using Handwriting Without Tears style worksheets with Zachary this school year. I made these several years ago when teaching my oldest handwriting.

This week Zachary wanted to choose the letters to work on : L, T, and O. In addition to using the worksheets, we also practiced writing on the dry erase board and the chalkboard.

Zachary’s cutting skills are fairly non-existent (because he would most likely find other uses for scissors – ahem), so we did practicing cutting. We also hung up some of the basic shapes in our dining room to practice their names.

Zachary has also been trying to sound out words – little by little, it’s getting there!! And since Mommy has huge boxes of books to share, we also read a fun science book together each day.

Here are the documents I made to use with Zachary for handwriting practice. Click on the thumbnail to download the worksheets.

Be sure to check back weekly for other Preschool Corner posts and worksheets to use with your preschooler. This year we are focusing on alphabet activities, so stay tuned!