Letter "Aa" Week

Who's ready for "Aa" week?  Me, me, me!!!  We're all so excited around here we've been doing heel clicks for two weeks straight.  Melanie's been tap dancing and Lisa's been been stuffing her face with apple pie, apple fritters, and applesauce.  She's pregnant, give her a break, people.

Disclaimer:  We will try to post the week's ideas on the Friday or Saturday before, so you have enough time to get supplies needed...or if you're an overachiever and want to start ahead.

Apple Paper Plate

You’ll need...
  • Paper plate
  • Red paint, crayon or marker
  • Green and brown construction paper
Paint paper plate with red paint, cut out into apple shape after it dries. Use brown paper to cut out a stem and green for the leaf and worm. Cut a slit into the plate to slip the worm into.

Letter Hunt
Find a bucket, basket or bowl and let your child “hunt” for items around the house that begin with the letter “Aa”. Will they find an alligator, apple, ambulance, or ants? You can repeat this several times throughout the week! When they find an item, make sure you’re reinforcing what letter the item begins with.

I like to find "Aa" items the night before and hide around the house.  They think it's fun when they wake up in the morning!

Apple Krispy Treats

6 C. Krispy Rice Cereal
1 pkg. large marshmallows
3 T. butter
1 small pkg. Jell-o powder, cherry or strawberry flavor
Tootsie Roll candies
Green Airhead candies
Baking spray
Wax Paper
Red Food Coloring, optional
(I cut this recipe in ½ because otherwise it makes 25!)

Directions: Place marshmallows and butter in large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir and microwave for an additional minute. Remove from microwave and stir in jell-o powder. If desired, you can add a few drops of red food coloring (depending on how "red" your jell-o is). Add Krispy Rice cereal and stir well. Spray hands with baking spray and roll mixture into balls (a little larger than a golf ball) and drop on wax paper.

FINE MOTOR SKILLS: Fill a plastic baggie with paint and use a q-tip to write letters and numbers. Depending on their age and level, you can write it for them and let them guess the letter, number, and/or shape.

BOOKS: Below you will find a few suggested books for your little one. You should be able to find these at your local library. 
  • The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
  • Alligator Shoes by Arthur Dorros
  • Ten Apples Up On Top! by Dr. Seuss

COLORING PAGE: Print off the Aa for Alligator coloring sheet on the Fisher-Price website. Click on the link below and it will take you to your destination.http://www.fisher-price.com/us/ms7/alphabet-coloring-pages.asp

“LITTLE” TIP OF THE WEEK: Post a large piece of paper with the letter “Aa” somewhere easy to see. Point it out several times a day throughout the week and ask questions. What letter is this?  What sound does it make?  Depending on their level, begin with introducing the "short a" sound first, as in apple and alligator, not as in alien. What things start with the letter A?

Here's a fun website for your little smartypants:  www.abcmouse.com
If you click on Alphabet and Phonics, then on letter Aa, you can do all sorts of fun games and activities geared towards the toddler age.  You can also set up an avatar that looks just like your child!  It's cute, people.  It's really stinkin' cute.

Now go have some fun with your little stinker!! 


Becky said...

We make our apple's and Sydney thought it was so much fun!! Payton even loved the "painting" part. I think she thought she was the apple by the looks of it... most of the paint made it on her. LOL! Thanks for the ideas this week for the letter A.

woosterweester said...

Just wanted you ladies to know that I incorprated these lessons into our homeschooling (so I could help include our 2 1/2 year old a little more while the older girls are doing math) and they have been such a hit! We spent many a moment last week with our hands gooey from rice krispy apple treats, painting our apples, and printing off coloring sheets for the whole clan. Not only do we use it to give a break in our schedule, but the bigs love to help with the lessons. You gals rock! Thank you!!

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