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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

H is for Hat

Happy hat day!
For hat day we read the book The Hat by Jan Brett
Image result for the hat by jan brett
In this book the hedgehog gets stuck wearing an unusual hat, a woolen stocking. He encounters many of the animals on the farm who ask him about his unique headwear. 
After the story, the kids colored and cut out pictures of the animals and glued them in order of apperance in the book.

H is for Hide

Did you know that the letter H's favorite thing to do is to hide? We found some of those tricky hiding letter H's and sorted them.

Then in honor of their favorite activity, we played hide and seek for a few minutes. This is usually one of our favorite days. The kids have a blast and I love the excuse to make my kids clean their closets and under their beds.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Letter H Obstacle Course

During letter H week we had a blast doing a letter H themed obstacle course. They did a hopscotch, hulahoop, hopped across some bases, ran around the tree, and hit the ball.
. . . hopsotch
. . . hulahoop
. . . hopping
. . . hit

Thursday, December 14, 2017

G is for Graph

We learned about how to make graphs during letter G week. I provided a paper with all the kid's names listed at the top and a bar graph below that. We counted the number of letters in each name and made a bar graph based on how many letters were in the name. 

Here are a few things I did to make this lesson go more smoothly:

1. When putting the names at the top of the page, I made each name a different color. Since most of my kids can't read, I could ask them to look for the blue name or red name, etc. and then we would count the letters together. 
2. I made a large graph that I displayed and filled in as the kids were filling in theirs so they could check if they were doing it right.
3. At the beginning we did the first 3 names together. The kids who were able to work more independently moved on and the kids who still needed help continued to do it with me. 


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

F is for . . .

. . . float. We found letters and created words using floating bottle caps. 
The kids would pick a letter or word from the laminated word stips. Then they would fish out the bottle caps with the correct letters on them. 
This is an engaging and easy activity to do any time. You just need plastic bottle caps (like from juice containers, milk gallons, or gatorade bottles), water, and a slotted spoon. I just used a sharpie to write the letters on the inside of the cap. Sometimes they start to fade and I just rewrite them when that happens. 
. . . fly. The kids practiced identifying letters with our fly swat game. I would call out a letter and they would swat it with the fly swatter. Want to play your own fly swat game? Download our alphabet of flies here.

. . . fall. We read the book, Let It Fall. After we used tissue paper to make our own fall trees.