ABC Month

All of January we will be practicing our ABC’s. We will be reading  stories that emphasize the sound of letters and letter recognition. This weeks books were: Sometimes I like to Curl Up in a Ball by Vicki Churchill , The Alphabet Book by P.D. Eastman , and The Alphabet by Alison Jay.

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This month an important tool is the alphabet song. There are a couple books we will be reading that simply have one letter on each page with a picture of a corresponding object. The kids automatically say the letter and its good for them to do so. Another songs we utilized:

Animal Alphabet

A’s For the Antelope always on view
Which Aiden saw,
When he went to the zoo.

B Was the bear that came up at a run
When Benjamin threw him
A very nice bun.

C’s For the camel;
“Poor thing, what a lump!”
Was what Chloe said
When she looked at his hump.

D’s For the deer with the soft
pretty eyes;
Dylan found them so tame
He had quite a surprise.

E Was the elephant ;
sixpence a ride but
Emma soon found that
you can’t sit astride!

F Was the fox very crafty and sly,
Watching Faith from his den
with a cunning old eye.

G’s The giraffe which made
Grace smile;
She was sure with his neck,
She could see quite a mile.

H Was the hippo asleep in his pool,
Hannah thought it an excellent
way to keep cool.

I Was the Ibex, a kind of wild goat.
Isabella thought his horns nasty,
But liked his fine coat.

J Was the Jaguar like a big cat,
But Jacob didn’t think
He would like him to pat!

K Was the kangaroo off with a bound;
A fine way, thought Kaylee,
To get over the ground.

L’s For the lions; they made
such a fierce noise
Lily wished she were safety
At home with the boys.

M’s For the monkeys,
all patter and chatter,
But Matthew couldn’t tell
What on earth was the matter.

N’s For the Nilgai which jumped
off a rock;
He took such a leap that
Natalie had quite a shock.

O’s For the ostrich,
A wise-looking bird,
But Olivia remembered
the tales she had heard.

P’s For the parrot
that had lots to say,
and tried to peck Paul,
As he passed by that way.

Q’s For the Quagga
Which Quentin found tame;
He is quite like a Zebra,
with stripes and a mane.

R Is the Rhino,
A fierce-looking beast;
Ryan watched him with awe
In the midst of a feast.

S Is the snake which
Sophia found asleep;
He was shiny and slimy
and made her flesh creep.

T’s For the Tiger
that gave Tim a fright;
He was horribly scared
Lest they got out at night.

For U (That’s the Unicorn)
Nobody looks;
As Ursula can tell you,
He’s only in books.

V’s For the Vulture,
A big bird of prey,
Victoria saw him
and soon ran away!

W’s For the Wolf
Lying flat on the ground,
Though when William
came near he was
up with a bound.

X Just looks on
and has nothing to do,
There’s no creature
That claims him
Through-out the whole Zoo.

Y Is the Yak;
He’s worthy of note;
Yasmine was amazed
at his long shaggy coat.

Z’s For the Zebra
That kept Zoe busy,
She counted his stripes
till she felt she was dizzy.

After our books and songs we worked on small motor functions with Letter Threading Toys. These are so simple and the kids actually requested that we do them again next week. They were even upset when I told them they couldn’t take them home. Ours are made of hard plastic but you can make your own with a foam sheet from the craft store.

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Our craft this week was a caterpillar name tag. Most of the kids can recognize the first letter in their name but not far past that. So today we worked on our entire name. I cut out white circles for every letter in our first name plus an extra for the head. First we glued them together and colored them. Then we used black crayon to write the letters in our name. We decorated them with wiggly eyes and glitter for those who wanted it.

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