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Preschool Corner: All About ‘Aa’

Preschool time with co-op is a little bit different {and on a much larger scale} than trying to focus on one child at home. I’ve worked in the 4 year old class with one of our local co-ops for the last few years and love it. This year I’ll be teaching the letters A-E with the class and we started our first week with the letter ‘Aa’.

Alphabet Book

Throughout the year, the kids create an alphabet book to take home and it is filled with crafts that they make – each letter of the alphabet having it’s own craft. The apple craft we did last year went over really well, so we did that one again this year.


You’ll need:

~ Red construction paper apple
~ White rectangle piece of construction paper
~ Black inkpad
~ Green construction paper leaves

To Make:

1. Have your child cut out the apple if they are able to use scissors {we cut them out ahead of time due to limited time}.
2. Let your child rip the apple in half, horizontally.
3. Rip the white piece of paper on both sides, so the apple ‘core’ appears to be eaten.
4. Have your child stamp their fingerprint on the white ‘core’ of the apple to make seeds.

Art

I can’t take credit for this too-cute alligator Aa. No Time for Flash Cards has directions for the craft. We used foam sheets that I picked up at the Dollar Tree along with construction paper teeth and googly eyes. Super fun and a cute take home for the kids to remember the letter we studied!

Math

Apples were the primary focus of the week, so during our circle times we had several different activities we used to focus on different math skills.

Sequencing

I printed off a page of different sized apples from File Folder Fun and cut them out and the kids took turns putting them in order from smallest to largest.

Apple Tree felt board ~ How does an apple grow? I have a cute little apple tree that we used on the floor to show how apples grow. We put flower blossoms on the tree first and then they ‘grew’ into big and little apples. We picked the apples off the tree and sorted them by big and little and counted to see which one we had more of.

Cuisenaire Rods ~ We used cuisenaire rods to build the letter Aa. First we used the big rods and then tried using the little ones. We also made an apple tree, airplane and an alligator with the rods {this is something I did with Zachary, not the class!}. :)

Science

The biggest hit of the day revolved around taste-testing apples. I brought in three different colors of apples and sliced them up. Everybody took a bite of each apple slice and then we talked about how the apples tasted {sweet, sour, tangy, etc…}, the different colors of the apples, and everyone voted on their favorite tasting apple and we graphed the results.

Golden Delicious was the winner by ONE vote…why those kiddos liked the Granny Smith is beyond me….

Songs and Rhymes

During our circle time we did several songs and games together. After reading through The Lady with the Alligator Purse, I sang the song to them while ‘reading’ the book again {I love that book!}.

Apple Tree {song and game}

We passed around a little apple {like playing Hot Potato} while singing the song below and whoever was left holding the apple got tickled!

Apple tree, apple tree,
Will your apples fall on me?
I won’t cry, I won’t shout,
If your apples knock me out!

Additional Resources

Be sure to check out my other post for some more ideas for teaching the Letter Aa – there are some different activities and printables in that post too!

Stories & Books We Used:


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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 – cut an apple in half and use it to stamp colorful prints on paper.

Letter Sheet/Collage

Writing

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.

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