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Letter of the Week: A

Activity, lesson & craft ideas ALL about Letter A! Whether you homeschool or not, these simple & fun ideas can be used for learning time with your babes.

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Welcome back to school!! This week everything is All About Letter A!

If you are new to homeschool preschool I think you will enjoy this post. This week is geared at helping your kids get excited about school, enjoy some FUN crafts & activities as well as learn to recognize, write & sound out letter A.

How it works:

In our class, I like to work on Language Arts, Science, Mathematics, Social Studies & Bible Studies. Depending on the LETTER of the WEEK, we also have a WORD of the WEEK that goes with a Bible VERSE of the WEEK.

I teach the subjects in a manner that I feel my children can understand & enjoy. I pick one or two subjects to focus on each class time. The kids and I usually finish up our activities in an hour to an hour & a half (I try to finish before little baby sister wakes up)! I encourage you to find out what works well for you, your kids & your time. This is what we do in our class & it has been working for us. Of course there are days when we miss class, or take breaks or something comes & that is OK! This is one of the beauties of homeschool…you get to work around YOUR schedule 🙂

For more ideas about how to run/schedule your class time, check out A Typical Day/Week at Manning Academy.

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Letter of the Week: A     Word of the Week: APPLE

Verse of the Week: Psalm 17:8 “Keep me as the APPLE of Your eye, Hide me in the shadow of Your wings.”

Language Arts:

Words that Start with A: We focused on a few Letter A Words to help with the phonics of A (Ant, Alligator & of course, APPLE). I cut out different shapes from craft paper to make the apple, ant & alligator and had the kids the glue them together, trace the letter A and/or write out each Letter A Word.

Apple Tree Activity: I cut out shapes from craft paper to make trees & the kids used the hole puncher to make “apples” for the tree. They either traced A or wrote Apple on the trunk. They absolutely LOVED this activity because they were able to use the hole puncher! I will incorporate the puncher more now that I know how much they love it.

Reading: We read different books throughout the week that had something to do with the Letter A that we picked out from the Library (Topics that began with A, ABC Books, Letter A Books).

Verse: We learn a memory verse from the Bible each week. I teach it to my kids through song or hand motions. This really helps them remember (It helps ME TOO). When my little boy was 2 & could not talk as well, but he could do hand motions for the verses just fine!! So, don’t be discouraged by their age. This week our verse was Psalm 17:8 “Keep me as the APPLE of Your eye, Hide me in the shadow of your wings.”

Educational Videos: We watched a phonics video from YouTube all about the Letter A. We also always start the class off with my favorite phonics songs “Phonics Song (New Version)”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffeZXPtTGC4. My kids love it!

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Math: 

Apple Picking Assortment: This activity focused on counting, writing numbers & grouping colors. I used pom-poms & an egg carton cut in half. { You have to use your imagination to PRETEND that the pom-poms are different kinds of APPLES }!! I gave the kids a baggie full of pom-poms & had them sort the “apples” into the different color groups. Then they counted how many “apples” they had in each color group & wrote them down. My older one was able to focus on counting efficiently and writing the numbers down. My younger one did great with color sorting, but needed a lot of help with counting & is just starting to trace… so, I let him scribble all over his work page!

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Science: 

All About Alligators: We watched a video about alligators, looked up pictures about alligators & did a couple alligator activities. THEY LOVE ALLIGATORS!! The first activity- Growing Alligators! You can see in the picture above a toy alligator on the table. It is one that grows when you put it in water. We put the growing alligators in water & over the next few days the boys watched it grow & grow. They loved checking on it each day (They are from the dollar store & they have different kinds of animals to choose from). It was fun to see their excitement with this “Science Experiment.”

Second Activity- Alligator Teeth: After reading & learning together about an alligator’s teeth & what they eat, we did an “A for Alligator” Craft. I cut out Letter A from green craft paper, sharp teeth & eyes. They boys glued it all together to make a “vicious” alligator!

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Social Studies:  

America: We learned about the United States of AMERICA!!! We sang America’s National Anthem, said America’s Pledge of Allegiance, read about America’s 50 states & did an American Flag craft. They really enjoyed it (especially singing the anthem together).

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Airplanes & Amelia Earhart: We read about the invention of planes & all the different planes through the ages. Then we watched a short bio on Amelia Earhart. Worksheet: The kids drew & colored an airplane with Amelia Earhart flying over the Atlantic. Then they made their own paper airplanes & went outside to test them out!

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Bible Study:

Adam & Eve: We read in the Bible about how God created human life & the first person He created was Adam. We read through Genesis Chapter 3 about Adam & Eve disobeying God & the importance of obeying our Almighty God. I made little books and had the kids color the pictures. On the back I had the kids draw a picture of themselves because God created them too.

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I hope this gives you some fun ideas for teaching Letter A to your little ones. Visit Manning Academy Preschool Page to see a fun ABC Snack List to go with each Letter of the Week, as well as what A Typical Day at Manning Academy is like.

Also, our classroom got a few updates since I posted photos about it: Check them out here

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2 thoughts on “Letter of the Week: A

  1. Looks like it was an awesome week, Ms. Robin! The boys are so cute and they look like they are having such a good time learning. The blog looks amazing! I was so glad to have you stop by #SocialButterflySunday this week and link up! Hope you all are well and talk to you soon 🙂 ~Kelly

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