We have been working on the letter “A” at our house. We have been playing with letters for a while, but I thought it might be nice to take a week and focus on each letter one at a time. However, my ultimate goal is to keep things simple. With the invention of Pinterest, it is way too easy to get carried away. Anyway, I came across a lot of fun ideas and came up with a few of my own, and I thought I would pass them along.
I made a little matching game to help identify all the different forms of the letter A, including typewritten. It is funny to me that the lowercase “a” taught to preschoolers is not the same as the typewritten lowercase “a” which is everywhere. So when we are reading books or looking at signs, my daughter has a hard time recognizing a lowercase “a” as an “A” because it doesn’t match what The Letter Factory and other books teach. I figured a memory game might help her remember the difference.
Anyway, I just cut up a thin piece of cardboard and drew different forms of the letter A as well as few different colored apple pairs. In about 5 minutes I had a simple game to emphasize the letter A and my daughter loves it.
I am not super crafty, so I didn’t want to have to rack my brain for some “A” art project. However, I wanted to find an activity that would help my daughter work on cutting and gluing because she hasn’t done much of that (and it helps build motor skills). Luckily, some creative person had already come up with this cute project and had included free printables. All I needed to provide was the colored paper and the googlie eyes. In all honesty, I did all the cutting because I couldn’t find the child safety scissors. But the gluing is legitimately 3 year old.
I feel like educating my kids is a great excuse to make yummy desserts. I wanted to make something that started with the letter A, but I am not super fond of apple pie. Anyway, I came across this really simple Applesauce Cookie recipe. It was easy and tasty. Now I am considering finding a cookie recipe for every letter of the alphabet (or at least trying). I already have an awesome banana cookie for next week with the letter “B.” Get excited.
Anyway, now we look for the letter “A” in the books we read, in the signs we pass in the car, and anything else with letters that comes our way. I think we got it. One down, twenty five to go.
Here are some other great resources for emphasizing the letter A
What fun things have you done to teach the letter A?
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