We've started down the alphabet trail with these two little ones. With a tip of our bonnets to The Utterly Lovely Alphabet Path we are exploring a letter each week, focusing our handwriting, crafts, saints, stories and science on the letter of the week. Much of the wonderful resource that is Serendipity is currently beyond my three year old and special needs five year old, but much is also there to inspire and glean from.
Sorting objects according to their beginning sounds.
A is for apple.
Both little girls love to paint and are pleased with the simplest of projects, so the paints come out just about every day.
We are greatly enjoying An Alphabet of Catholic Saints, a little treasure of a book that has a picture and simple rhyme for every letter of the alphabet. It's just perfect for this age.
A is for ant.
The girls were delighted to make these egg carton ants, learning about the three parts and six legs of an insect along the way. They did have a little trouble with head, thorax and abdomen but Eliza gets creativity points for head, belly button and bottom, no? ;-)
After we made these giant ants we read McDuff Saves the Day, in which the entire picnic lunch gets devoured by ants. That gave me the idea to make these picnic pictures with foods cut out from catalogs-
After gluing on the paper parts, the girls added the parade of ants with black paint thumb prints, which they thought was grand.
Then they added the legs with a sharpie after the paint dried. (Singing The Ants Go Marching while making these adds to the fun.)
They had a great time playing with the pictures and retelling the story with beanie dogs and more cut out picnic food as props, which is excellent beginning narration practice.
For B week we learned about butterflies and birds, using favorite picture books. The girls are learning to identify the different birds, and we talked about feathers and beaks and nests and eggs and all the yucky things birds eat. Kateri said, "I don't eat worms, I eat regular food." Me too.
B is for Big Beautiful Smile!