Learning Time Monday

Little S missed the cutoff for K-4 this year so while all of her buddies are in VPK, she is stuck with me for another year!  This summer we did a loosely structured learning time with the both the kids.  It worked out well and Little S loved sitting at the table with big brother and doing learning activities.  This summer, we worked with a few workbooks that I bought and I also browsed through the Internet and my old books for ideas.  We did a little learning time unit on the beach, bicycles, and food.  Throughout the school year, I am going to concentrate on one letter or number a week with Little S.  We are only going to spend a few minutes each day, but I thought that I would post my weekly “lessons” for you in case you are looking for new activities to do at home.  For the most part, I am going to try to post them on Mondays but don’t worry…we will still be the same old Pensacola with Kids exploring our hometown and keeping you up to date with activities around Pensacola. 

I will post our weekly schedule and I will link to the printouts and resources.  The books that we will read will hopefully be found in our expansive home library.  If you are following along with us and don’t have a particular book or craft item, just change it up.  Just be sure to leave a comment on this post with your ideas for the letter/number!

Week One – Letter A

Monday

  1.  Color the letter A
  2. Together, find five things around the house that begin with the letter A.
  3. Read Chicka Chick Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

Tuesday

  1.  Read Ten Apples up on Top! by Dr. Seuss
  2. Eat an apple for snack.
  3. Color the A is for Apple page

Wednesday

  1.  Practice tracing the letter A.
  2. Eat applesauce for a snack.
  3. Listen to the story of Johnny Appleseed on the Weekly Reader website (meant for older children, but story is short and characters are fun to watch)
  4. Apple Tree Craft – Using construction paper make an apple tree.

Thursday

  1.  Talk about animals that start with the letter A – anteater, alligator, ants,
  2. Read There’s an Alligator Under My Bed by Mercer Mayer
  3. Alligator Craft

Friday

  1.  Practice tracing the letter A.
  2. Make a paper bag puppet animal.

Do you have any suggestions for activities that concentrate on the Letter A?  If so, leave a comment here!

Comments

  1. This is toooo cute!! I’ll definitely do this with my 3 year old! I’m excited!!!

  2. If they still make Alphabet cereal you could separate the letters and either eat them as a snack each week or make art with them using some glue.

  3. We’ve been doing this at home since my oldest was 2. Both of my boys love their theme time. We go through the alphabet for themes such as Autumn, Bees, Comunity helpers….. We have always had so much fun with it, I hope you do too.

  4. Jen, I love this! You’re so creative and my inspiration! In fact, THANK YOU – you encouraged me to create a new challenge for myself and my blog! In fact I mention you there as my mentor! Let the learning begin and I hope to become more of a teacher like you by the end of September! 🙂

    http://www.mandylifeafter30.com/2010/09/mandys-monthly-september-2010-challenge.html

  5. Great Idea! Thank you!!! I am going to try some of this with Gracen. Looking forward to meeting you ONE of these days 🙂