This school year, each of our newsletters will bring you and your children rhymes, activities, and resources that feature a different letter of the alphabet. We know that many of you introduce the alphabet to your children one letter at a time by sharing activities that reinforce each letter over the course of several weeks. We hope our year-long format will support your teaching and give you some new ideas to enhance your alphabet instruction.
CHICKA CHICKA AND COCONUTS
Read to children the book Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. Let children repeat the phrases and rhyming words. Then place the book in your reading center.
— Let children use a cookie tray and magnetic letters to show the letters in the story.
— Help children use magnetic letters to spell out the word coconut. Ask them to see how many small words they can find in the word.
— Create an outline of a coconut tree. Give children pennies and let them place pennies (coconuts) on the tree for each number you suggest.
Plan a “Camping Day.” Put a sheet over a corner in your room or set up a real tent where children can read or pretend they are camping. Let children wear their camping clothes. Build a campfire with paper towel rolls (logs) and red/orange tissue paper. Children can sing and tell stories around the campfire. Finally make s’mores in a toaster oven for a snack.
CARROTS AND CORN
–Give each child a carrot stick. Make a hole through the carrot and thread a string through the hole. Core out the top of the carrots and hang them by their strings in a sunny place. Let children add water to the cored out area. In a few days, watch for sprouting results!
–Put a small amount of un-popped popcorn and damp dirt into a ziplock bag. Tape these to a window that gets plenty of sunlight. In time you’ll see corn plants grow.
Place a canned pear half on a plate. Add clumps of grated cheese onto the top rounded part of the pear for hair. Use raisins for eyes and a mouth. Add a cherry or gumdrop for the clown’s nose. Make a ruffled collar with some lettuce. Let children enjoy!
Bring in comic strips from newspapers. Cut them apart into frames. Cut a large C from poster board. Invite children to arrange (a set of) frames in the correct sequence and glue them onto the letter C.
YOUR WORD CORNER
Here are some words you will need.
See them, say them … hey, you can read!!
Write the words on a chart and review them. Read each sentence aloud. Try each word in each sentence. Let children tell you which word fits.
— We saw tall buildings in the _______________.
— A _________________says “Moo.”
— Will you _____________to my house?
— My mother drives a ____________to work.
Check out the following Web sites for additional background and activities
Jan Brett’s Calendars
Check out these calendars. What a great way to keep track of children’s birthdays.
Print out Mr. Crab for some coloring fun.
The Letter C Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays
Try some singing with your children –all about words that start with C.
Learn all about em! Get a book suggestion and recipe too.