Monday, May 6, 2013

Taking a Break...

I'm in need of a break from the blog.  The current pace has become more than I can handle right now with a growing thirteen month old.  It is my hope to continue to do lessons with her and blog about them at a later date.  Doing the lesson, editing photos, writing up a post, planning and researching future lessons, all during my only free time (two hour nap once a day) is exhausting week in and week out.  Mama needs some ME time!  Thank you for your understanding and I look forward to resuming posts in a few months.


Thursday, May 2, 2013

LMNO Peas: Recap

*****Disclaimer***** We were out of town most of last week so we didn't get to the lesson for LMNO Peas until this week.   

I think this book is so cute!  What a great way to introduce different words that go with letters of the alphabet!  If my daughter was older I would have had her find each letter of her name and illustrate a job that goes with each one.  We could use the jobs in the book or come up with your own.  I would have also cut out some green circles and had her make her own pea characters.  Fun things to look forward to :) 

Here is how the lesson plan went for us.  

First I wrote her name on a piece of paper and put a frozen pea on each letter.  As she ate a pea I said the letter name that she ate.

That went okay but then I had the idea to put dots on one letter and see if she could put the peas on the dots.  She didn't get it but that is okay.  Maybe one of your kids will be able to do it!

I put the peas on the dots here.
She came up with this game--putting peas into a cup.   


I then added letters and more cups.  As she put a pea in a cup I said the letter name.

And then she was ALL DONE!

How did it go for you?  Anyone else think this books is adorable?  Any one else have super smart kids who came up with their own game?  I'm not biased or anything but I think my little one is pretty darn smart :)


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

LMNO Peas: Lesson Plan

Theme:  Alphabet

Read:  LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

Activity:  Write a letter of the alphabet on a piece of paper.  How big or small you write it is up to you. Give your child some frozen peas.  Show them how to place the peas on the letter like you are trying to write or recreate the letter with the peas.  For a younger child try writing a word on a piece of paper and encourage them to just put one pea on a letter. As they put the pea on the letter you can say something  like, "Look! You put the pea on the letter C."  Their name would be a great word to do or simple site words like I, me, bye, hi, etc. 

Supply List:  
  • book
  • frozen peas
  • paper
  • marker
  • Here is a link to some Pre-K sight words.  This website has sight words for older grades as well.  Remember when we talked about site words on this post
  • Don't forget to eat some frozen peas!  
  • You could do this activity with lots of different types of food!  Beans, corn, etc. 
  • Plant a pea plant!
  • Paint with frozen peas like they did on this blog.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Shiver Me Letters: Recap

This week we read Shiver Me Letters.  I love a good pirate book.  Maybe it's because I loved Peter Pan when I was growing up.  Maybe it's because it's tons of fun to talk with a good pirate voice.  Hmmmm maybe we will have to do a pirate themed month next year?  Well I tried reading the book with my daughter on Monday and she started screaming and pushed the book away.  Then she went and got a different book and handed it to me to read and signed please.  So smart and so sweet.  Can you believe she already knows what she likes/wants and she is only 12.5 months old!  We tried the book again today and she sat through half the alphabet before wanting to go play.  I say that is a success!  

If you have an older child this book is tons of fun.  The rhyming in the book is entertaining.  There is also a look and find aspect. As you read each line or "clue" have your child find the letters.  That is actually the inspiration for the egg hunt in the lesson plan this week. Your child gets to search for the letters of the alphabet just like the pirates do in the book!  You could even make it more pirate like by hiding the eggs and leaving clues to the next one in each egg.  Or you could make a treasure map that has the eggs on the map and they have to find them!  So many pirate and alphabet ideas! 

After we read the book we played with the eggs.  I dumped the eggs on the floor and said, "Oh No!  Help me get my eggs! Oh no!  Can you put them in?"  Then as she picked up different eggs I said the name of the letter on the egg.  

Here is what the eggs looked like.  I did both lower and uppercase so I could use  the eggs in the future.  You could  also use them to make words like I show above.

Today I took video of the beginning of the lesson so you can see what it looks like for us.  Remember, with kids you just have to go with the flow :)  Luckily you can't see me because I too was still in pjs. 

Here are the pictures from the rest of the lesson.

How did it go for you? What type of hunt did you do? Anyone else love a good pirate voice?  


Monday, April 15, 2013

Shiver Me Letters: Lesson Plan

Theme:  Alphabet
Read:  Shiver Me Letters:  A Pirates ABC by June Sobel
Activity:  Alphabet Easter egg hunt - This is an activity that was all over Pinterest this Spring.    There are many variations of this activity but this is how I imagine it.  Cut up a piece of paper into 26 small rectangles.  On each piece of paper write a different letter.  Place each piece of paper into a different Easter egg.  As your child finds each egg they need to tell you the name of the letter they found.  In the extension area below I have a list of adaptations/alternative ways to do this activity.  Just think about what you think your child can do and go from there.  Don't be afraid to try something that is a little high for them, they might surprise you!  Also, don't be discouraged if they have trouble.  I also list ways of making it easier.  The important thing is that you are exposing them to the alphabet.  
  • book
  • 26 Easter Eggs 
  • 1 piece of paper
  • scissors
  • 1 permanent marker
  • Adaptations/alternatives (roughly easiest to hardest)
    • Write the letters on the outside of the eggs.  As your child picks up an egg you say the letter name and sound.
    • Write the letters on the outside of the eggs.  As your child picks up an egg they say the letter name and/or sound.
    • The lesson I described above.
    • Put the eggs in alphabetical order after you find them all.
    • Find the letters in alphabetical order. So for example, if they find G but haven't found D yet they can't pick it up!
    • On the big part of the egg write the capital letter.  On the little part of the egg write the lower case letter.  Hide the egg halves and have them match up the lower case and upper case letters.
    • Here is an idea from a follower from I can Teach My Child, "For letter recognition, you could do a lowercase letter (on one side), and (3-5) random uppercase letters with one match on the other side."  They have to spin the uppercase side until they find the match to the lowercase letter on the other side. Love it!
    • Find site words and read them as explained on this blog.
    • Match antonyms as explained on this blog.
    • Match simple site words, compound words, contractions, etc. as explained on this blog.
    • Make word family eggs as explained on this blog.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Recap

This week we read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.  To be honest my daughter wasn't very into the book this week.  Anything with a bit of a story is too much for her attention span these days.  Instead of expecting her to sit and read the book with me I let her get down and play when she was done but I kept reading.  She liked hearing me read and started dancing everytime I read the line, "chicka chicka boom boom will there be enough room."  It was a great adaptation for a one year old.  She was still able to hear the story but didn't have to look at the pages as she heard me read it.  I should have read it as she played with the alphabet sensory table.  Next time :)

Then we followed the lesson plan and did an alphabet sensory table.  We FINALLY had beautiful weather here in Virginia so I decided to take the sensory table outside and make it a water table!  

I started off by letting her explore the water on its own.

Next I added some foam letters that I got from World Market at Christmas time.  I've seen these at Walmart and other stores too.  

As she pulled each letter out I sang the song I mentioned in last week's post. She loved it and danced along to the song.  

Happy and dancing :)

We also had a lot of fun just playing in the water and exploring the water toys (all Dollar Tree finds).

Maybe she will learn her letters by eating them???

She ended the alphabet sensory table by throwing the letters onto the deck.  

We also started focusing on one letter a day (like I mentioned in the lesson plan).  Doing a letter a day is much more appropriate for her than all the letters at once.  I put in a bowl the foam A, an a written on construction paper, an artificial apple, an actual apple, an angel, a photo of her friend Alison, a picture of an ant, and a picture of an apple.  They were all things I had on hand.  As she pulled each thing out I labeled it and focused on the a sound.  My husband was home from work when we did this and we had a ton of fun trying to come up with A words to use in our conversation.  We would describe what she was doing with A words and use them as he and I talked.  Afterwards we called her Aunt Amy because it was A day and Amy starts with A!  We thought it would be a fun addition :)

What type of sensory tub did you do?  Anyone start a letter a day sensory tub?  


Monday, April 8, 2013

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Lesson Plan

Theme:  Letters
Read:  Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
Activity:  Time to create an alphabet sensory tub!  Get your sensory tub, some sensory materials (like beans, rice, corn kernels, dry pasta, etc.), and your letters.  Letter magnets, foam letters, letter puzzles, or simply writing all the letters of the alphabet on individual pieces of paper would work.  Hide all the letters in the sensory tub and have your child find the letters.  As they find each letter either have them say the letter name and sound.  If they are able to have them name something that starts with that letter.  If that is too high have them just say the letter name or sound.  For very young children (like my daughter) you should say the letter name and sound as they pull out each letter. 

  • book
  • bag of mixed beans or other sensory material
  • measuring cups or other random spoons/scoops from around the house
  • foam letters or puzzle pieces or letters written on paper
  • container to hold it all in that doesn't have any holes in it


  • Make a different letter sensory tub/discovery box each day!  This week I'm going to start making a different discovery box each day for my daughter.  We will work our way through the alphabet.  We will start with A.  I will put in a box letter a foam letter A, magnet letter A, puzzle piece letter A, an apple, an airplane, an ape, and any other things I can find around the house that start with the letter A.    Then the next day I will do the same thing but with the letter B and so on.  As she discovers each thing in the box I will tell her what it is and model how to play with it.  I will also focus on the letter sound.  
  • Check out The Activity Mom blog and No Time for Flashcards for whole units on the alphabet.
  • Check out my pinterest board for even more ideas!