Aa is for Apple

Monday, August 29, 2011

After taking the summer off, we began studying the alphabet today.  I contemplated many ideas about this, but ultimately decided to go in traditional order beginning with Aa.  I decided on apples as a theme, which is perfect because the first of September just happens to mark apple harvest and will be a perfect time to take a field trip to the orchard.  I also ran across a way to organize my lesson plans for the day...workboxes.  Basically, I have each activity in a labeled box ready to go.  When we begin learning for the day, Abby knows to start with box 1.  When the activity is completed she removes the velcro number from the box and places it in a cup, this way we know what is next and are organized.  She also has 3 boxes that have open ended toys ( blocks, animals, puzzles).

This week, we are also learning about Adam and Eve disobeying.  We began our day with the story and I'm hoping the pictures of the girl in the book will help Abby to see that Eve is not a Steve.. :-)

I took pictures of what I could, but hope to have more as the weeks progress actually showing my little student hard at work.  Not pictured which will show up a few times this week are our shadow matching where Abby had to match the different apple pictures with their shadow.  We also worked on sequencing.  This proved to be a bit challenging.  I'm hoping that every day with each new book, she begins to understand because this was very new to her.  We also read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, one of my favorite books and watched the DVD, which she loved.  We actually watched it 4 times and I had to promise her we will watch it again just to make it stop!  We also practiced rolling a number cube and matching the number to a sheet to build a puzzle.

Here are a few of the activities we did today.  You can find the printables here and here.

Abby learned about big A and little a, along with pronouncing the sound.  We also talked about other words that began with A.  Then, I had her trace and color.  She did really well with tracing and her coloring is starting to get better.  She is keeping her crayon on the pictures, versus scribbling the whole page.

This is dot painting.  I read about this on another blog and I thought it was neat.  I gave Abby the dot painter and had her locate the apples on both A's. 

She's playing her Worms in the Apple game and counting on her fingers.  She was so into counting it out just right.

The objective of this game is to match the correct number of worms to holes in the apples.  She did pretty good, but we will do this game several times this week.  The main part was she enjoyed it.  She made sure to hug the worms. :-)

I thought this was super cute from Totally Tots.  I cut an A shape and triangles for the eyes out of green foam and teeth from white cardstock.  Abby helped to glue the parts and the eyes on. 


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