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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Letters J, D, P, and B

Speaking of letters (where I found my camera), we are steadily working our way through the alphabet. We have added four more letters during the month of February: J, D, P, and B. Each of our pages came from Scholastic's Cut, Paste, & Write ABC Activity Pages.

For letter J we worked on a Jaguar in the Jungle. For craft day I had the children make a paper with jellybeans. This was easy. I had cut jellybean shapes from construction paper. The children added their J's to the page then glued on various colored jellybeans.

Letter D was up next. This page was a Dog in a Doghouse. Our D craft was fun too--I thought it was cute. We made a doughnut with sprinkles. I had precut doughnut shapes. The children glued the doughnut down and then added sprinkles. For the sprinkles I used very small beads--I think they call them fusion beads--the ones you iron. Some of the children had a bit of a challenge picking up the small beads. Finally they added their D's.

On to letter P--Pig in a puddle. (These pages are so cute.) The letter craft was a porcupine. I had made this for my blog a while ago and thought he was cute. I had cut out s porcupine shape then the children added quills with a fork. They finished the project off with a capital P and lowercase p.

Lastly was the letter B. For B the children completed Bees by a beehive. For craft day I thought I had a fun new brainstorm. I thought we would make a picture of blue bubbles. I made some bubble paint--with some trial and error, then tried to show the children what they would be doing. I brought out some straws and we talked about blowing through the straws--B for blowing. We practiced and they tried. Some of them actually couldn't figure it out--straws are for sucking. The children glued the B's to their paper, blew the bubbles in the paint, and laid their paper across to get a print.

Anyway, Mrs. M was helping them to blow bubbles in the blue bubble paint and place their paper on top of the bubbles to get the print. All of a sudden from across the room I hear, "NO!" You have to understand, Mrs. M is a very quiet person, sometimes you forget she's there:). So I go over and their he is, a little boy with blue lips and a blue chin. He was a good sport. They quickly shot to the bathroom and rinsed out that yucky soap taste. I guess one mishap out of 11 isn't too bad.

We had some great fun with these letters. I think we have 10 more letters to go. I hope I make it!

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Anonymous said...

I'm really confused as to why there is so much coloring in the lines/non-creative crafts/seat work for PRESCHOOLERS - they should be playing to learn, not all this...

Preschool Playbook said...

At our school we like to help the children get ready for kindergarten. We help them to become more independent, develop school routines, and yes, follow short teacher directed activities. Our skill time, as we call it is a whole 15 minutes of the day. The children are encouraged to try and write the letters or numbers and color the pictures. They don't have to stay in the lines, but coloring is an important skill on its own.

Other than these 15 minutes a day our school is a play area. Many parents request us to introduce formal letter and number writing. But, you can't please everyone.