Letter A | Apples and Alligators + Giveaway

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Summer is 37 1/2 months.

I am so excited to share our preschool week!  We had such a great time and I'm really happy with how relaxed and fun it's been.  This year my goal was to be as organized and completely prepped as possible, which has NEVER happened before. I also went into this year with a completely new approach and outlook, so the combination has made things so much more enjoyable and fun.  This post is flooded with pictures, fair warning, but I have a fun surprise at the end so stay tuned!

If you haven't read our preschool plan you can find that here.  Our themes and the majority of our printables are from Jen at Bitty Beginnings.  They are cute, bright and I love that she offers two color options for both girls and boys.  This week, we focused on Letter A with Apples and Alligators as our theme. 

Here's a look at our setup.

DISPLAY

And a close up of the top shelf...

DISPLAY CLOSEUP

Summer was beyond thrilled when she came into the room and couldn't wait to dive in.  Of course, dot painting was her top priority!

LETTER A DOT

Spotting Letter Aa....

SPOT IT

We also worked on matching and pre-writing.

MATCHING
MATCHING 2
PREWRITE

If you follow me on Instagram (@themagnoliabarn), I shared a picture of our sensory bin set-up.  I used a mixture of colored pasta and rice by following this recipe, along with the Bitty Beginnings Look and Find Play Mat. The matching pieces were then hidden in the bin ready for play.  She loved this!

LOOK AND FIND

Shadow matching letter puzzle...

LETTER PUZZLE

This was by far her most favorite activity this week, the letter hunt.  I used painter's tape to hide our letters around the room and she went on a hunt.  We talked about big 'A' and little 'a' as she found each letter. And, we did this many times throughout the day/week, taking turns or Abby would jump in to play. 

LETTER HUNT

Tracing letters on her letter crown...

LETTER CROWNS

My girls LOVE playing dress-up and these bracelets are a super cute way to help reinforce the letter during school and also throughout the rest of the day. 

BRACELETS

Summer has always enjoyed coloring and we did several coloring sheets.  The apple sheet is from here and the alligator sheet is part of Animal ABC's from 1+1+1=1.

APPLE COLOR
ALLIGATOR COLOR

She's been asking to use scissors so we tried that out, she did pretty good.  We used printables from Animal ABC's.

ALLIGATOR CUT

We talked about the life cycle of an apple with these three part cards from Montessori for Everyone.

MONTESSORI

Worked on transferring, talking about colors, patterns, counting and sorting...

APPLE TRANSFER
PEG PLAY
SHAPES

Foam apple painting...

APPLE PAINT

More shape, color, and matching practice, using our simple felt tree...

SHAPE TREE

Q-tip painting...

QTIP PAINT
QTIP PAINT 2

And, lots of fun with apple pie scented playdough and this printable.

PLAYDOUGH FUN 2
PLAYDOUGH FUN

I love seeing all her work in one place.

BOARD

Tot School

Kaitlyn is 18 months old.

I've been looking for an opportunity to add Kaitlyn into our school time.  She's curious as to what the other girls are doing and loves being a part of the group.  My plan is to include her in our themes throughout the week, when possible.  This week we had an afternoon together, just the two of us, so I introduced her to a few activities.  I'm taking it slow and hope to share activities with her each week, as well.

I had planned on getting a picture of her with this 'Tot School' sign.  But, she clearly wasn't interested :-)

KAITLYN


KAITLYN SIGN

Some activities I had ready for Summer, were perfect for Kaitlyn like this transfer activity.  She was very particular to do one color at a time.

KAITLYN POM POMS
KAITLYN TRANSFER

And, matching fruit pieces...


KAITLYN PUZZLE

It was a brief introduction, but I think she seemed to enjoy it.  We will see how next week goes.

And, now for the Giveaway!

Jen from Bitty Beginnings is offering two of my readers a chance to win her Letter A | Alphabet Learning Pack filled with 12 activities!  The pack includes the option to print certain activities in either pink/purple or green/blue depending on your child and she details how to prep each activity along with fun ways to play.  Keep checking back for more opportunities to win each week as I share each letter!


For a chance to win, simply enter below! 


14 comments:

  1. Tara, this set up is so cute. Summer is doing a great job with the cute printables and dot markers. Her coloring skills are also great. All 3 girls seem to be having a fun time with the play doh. It is such a kid friendly environment. Very inviting. I can't wait to see what is next.

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    1. Thank you! I had such a blast setting it all up and love the way it turned out.

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  2. The set up is so beautiful. Where did you find the apple plushy?

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    1. Thank you! The pops of color really add to our room and really get the girls excited. I purchased the apple plush at Target years ago in the kids bedding section when my oldest was a baby.

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  3. Finf your site throughout instagram and love to see what kind of activities you do. My daugther is a little younger (32 months) zo this is prettig inspiring to me!
    Regards, Inge (the Netherlands, Europe)

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    1. How sweet, thank you! I love this age. It's so fun watching them communicate, understand and really soak up information. And, I love being able to spend a little part of my day with her, it's very special.

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  4. I LOVE THIS!!! So inviting for the children!!! What are the girls using to sort the pom-poms in? It looks like an apple ice cube tray(?) Where did you find it??? What a cute activity!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Mylene! Yes, it's an apple shaped ice cube tray. I found it along with several other fruit shaped trays a few years ago in the summer clearance section at our local grocery store.

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  5. I love these ideas! So cute and well organized. Thanks for sharing at Everything Early Childhood!!

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    1. Thanks, Angela! We had a great week, thanks for stopping by.

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  6. Hello, love your setup..was wondering where you got the white cube organizer from, and the trays? Thank you

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    1. Thank you! The shelf is Threshold brand from Target and the trays are from Oriental Trading, they come in a six pack with the colors shown.

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  7. Where did you find the letters that you display on top of the display unit every month for different letters? It looks like they snap together.

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    1. They are the Letter Construction Kit from Learning Resources. They snap together easily and come with formation guides to follow, as well.

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