Friday, September 14, 2012

What We've Been Up To

Whew! Summer break is over, even though it's a scorching 105 degrees in Southern California today...HELP ME! We did so many fun and exciting things over the break and now we're finally getting back to "real life."

We did a lot of fun crafts and activities over the summer but now we're back to Tot School. This year we are using the free Animal ABCs printables from 1+1+1=1, along with the Zoo Phonics Flashcards and other activities and art projects that go with the letter of the week. One thing we are really focusing on are lower case letters. Makenzie knows all of her uppercase letters and many of the sounds but now it's time to learn the lowercase and put the two together, along with the sound.

Last week was the Letter Aa. Makenzie already recognizes the letter Aa and knows it's sound and several items that have the /a/ sound so we didn't do a lot of activities like we might if she wasn't as familiar with it.

We did the Animal ABCs printable for the Letter A.
This is Makenzie's favorite. Once I showed her how to do one, she did it all on her own and LOVED it!
Learning to Trace Shapes, heh.
 Makenzie continues to love painting so I'm going to try to incorporate some type of letter themed painting each week. This week we did apple painting.

She also loves her Learning Resources Alpha Pops. I bought these using an Amazon gift card I bought with my Crowdtap points and they are a favorite. The kiddos can either match color to color and see the uppercase and lowercase matches or they can match lowercase to uppercase. The only thing I don't like about them is that they are double sided so there are different letters on front and back which can be confusing.

 And we made crockpot applesauce.

I went through Makenzie's giant library and found we didn't have many books that had to do with the letter A so we went to the library and checked out:

Who Lives in an Alligator Hole by Anne Rockwell
 Egad Alligator! by Harriet Ziefert

Snip Snap! What's That? by Mara Bergman

Letter A was a lot of fun but I think our Letter B week is turning out to be a bit more fun. :)

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