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Letter of the Week: C

Letter of the Week C was full of CREATIVITY! Our activities & crafts focused on COUNTING, CRABS, CARS, CLOUDS, CREATION & … COOKIES! Take a look at the fun things we did this week. I hope you get some simple ideas for teaching your little ones about the Letter C.

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Letter of the Week: C

Word of the Week: Created

Verse of the Week: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

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DSC_0134Our ABC Shelf was full of Letter C Toys & Books. Before each class, the kids look at the shelf and show me their favorite “Letter C Thing” on display & we briefly talk about it.

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Reading, Colors & Counting: The Very Hungry Caterpillar was a HUGE HIT at our house this week. The kids absolutely loved reading this book (multiple times). This activity was fun because it focused on counting, colors & the days of the week. It also was a great foundation for learning about the amazing transformation of a caterpillar to a butterfly.

After reading the book to the kids, they colored a drawing of the foods the Hungry Caterpillar ate each day. I used a 2″ hole punch to create circles for their own hungry caterpillar. I also cut out the rest of the pieces needed for the caterpillar and had the kids glue them to craft paper. While they were watching a short clip on the amazing transformation of a caterpillar to a butterfly, I quickly cut out all their food pieces. Then, they glued them to the craft paper!

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Science: Crab Craft & Cloud Experiment!

“C” is for Crab Craft: We read a book from the library about different kinds of crabs. The kids glued together “C” Shaped Crabs for fun…& then they battled them of course!

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Cloud Craft & Science Experiment: First we read “Little Cloud” by Eric Carle & researched how clouds produce rain. I cut out Letter C’s, clouds & rain drops. The boys glued it on craft paper & added cotton balls to make the clouds fluffy!

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Rain Cloud Science Experiment: You need cotton balls & water (smaller version) and/or towels & bucket/pool of water (larger version). I had the kids dip the cotton balls into the water until the cotton was full of water that it started to drip the water out (rain). We talked about the comparison of the cotton balls & rain clouds. Then they took their cotton ball “clouds” full of “rain” & watered the ground “earth.” They also had a cup full of marshmallows to eat. They convinced me that marshmallows look like clouds so they need them for a snack 🙂

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They LOVED this activity so much that we did it again with towels & a kiddie pool for a larger effect.

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History: Cars & Columbus

Car History & Cardboard Car Racing: We watched a short documentary about the history & invention of cars and then read a book about Muscle Cars. Next, I took a cardboard box, taped white paper to it & let the kids decorate it. Then we took it outside to race it down the slight slope in our backyard. After that was over the boys played in it for a while pretending to drive it around town! It was a lot of fun & SO SIMPLE.

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Christopher Columbus: We read a book about the life of Christopher Columbus & then did a simple craft to go along with the book. The kids really enjoyed looking at a map of his travels.

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Math: Counting Cookies!

Counting Cookie Craft: This activity was fun because it was all about COOKIES. First, I used my 2″ hole punch to make brown circles for cookies & a regular hole puncher for the chips. The boys glued on as many cookies & chips as they wanted & then counted them.

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Next, we moved to the kitchen & baked REAL, HOMEMADE Chocolate Chip Cookies! While we were making the cookies we counted everything! We counted the ingredients needed from our recipe card, the number of times we added something to the bowl, how many times we stirred, etc. Then we counted how many cookies were on the tray to go into the oven & how many minutes they needed to bake. After they were done, we wasted no time in consuming & counted how many chips we could see in our cookies. Then we read a book about…COUNTING!!!! It was a lot of FUN. My kids love helping in the kitchen.

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Yumminess 9 minutes later!

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I placed the extra cookies on my Kitchen Stand that we built for $0 out of pocket. Check out my Pallet Kitchen Stand DIY here.

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Bible Study: Days of Creation. This went along with our verse of the week. We read through Genesis chapter on about Creation. As I read about each day, the boys drew about it on craft paper. On the 6th day, they drew a picture of themselves because God created them.

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Quiet Reading Time: Letter C Books. I laid out books from the Library that we go along with Letter C. I had the boys pick one at a time to read quietly while I cleaned up around the house!

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I hope you get some fun ideas for LETTER C from seeing what we did this week. Stay in touch because next week we will share Letter D activities & crafts!! Check out Manning Academy to learn more about our Preschool & what a Typical Day is like for us in our class. Let me know your thoughts!! Encouragement is ALWAYS appreciated.

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