Happy 2013 to everyone! After taking a few weeks off from curriculum for the holidays, it was back to work this week. We started the new year with the letter Aa. We had so much fun learning all about this letter with fun songs and crafts all about alligators and apples.
A is for Apples
Sing With Me
(To the tune of Skip to My Lou)
Andy Apple would like to play
With his animal friends today.
First he’ll teach them letter A.
Andy Apple draws A this way! (sky write or trace the letter A)
We read Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins, a fun counting book with lots of catchy repetition that the children quickly catch onto as you read aloud. We also read Apples for Everyone by Jill Esbaum. This book takes a look at how an apple grows from seed to tree with beautiful photographs and the story shows all of the many uses for apples.
We made apple prints by slicing an apple in half and dipping it in paint and stamping it onto card stock. This really gave the children an up close look at the inside of apples and the seeds inside.
A is for Alligator
Sing with Me
We sang the letter A song from my ABC Flip Chart by Scholastic. These flip charts are such a great resource with fun and easy to sing songs.
We read There’s An Alligator Under My Bed by Mercer Mayer. This story tells the antics of a young boy stalling to go to bed by insisting that there is an alligator under his bed.
We also read The Adventures of Abby Alligator by Maria Fleming from the AlphaTales book.
We made letter A alligators to go along with our story. The children painted a piece of card stock green, then I cut it into the shape of an A.
The children then added teeth and a google eye to complete the craft.
I made a fun display in the hallway outside of our classroom highlighting the story we read.