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At the beginning of the lessons I usually show the clip from the Leapfrog Letter Factory DVD for the featured letter and we practice singing the letter sound. Then I introduce the topic for the day. This lesson was all about cars!
The Books We Read Throughout the Lesson:
Cars! Cars! Cars! by Grace MacCarone
Through a rhythmic text several different types of cars are introduced.
The Princess and the Pit Stop by Tom Angleberger
This book provides a play by play of a princess racing in a car race. It has a lot of cameos from other fairytales.
The Berenstain Bears and the Big Road Race by Stan and Jan Berenstain
This was a childhood favorite and it’s been a lot of fun to introduce to my kids as well. It’s a car race story after the vein of The Tortoise and the Hare.
The Activities We Did:
-At the beginning of the lesson each kid picked out a toy car. They used it to trace the black letter C pretending it was a road and then we made a C is for Car letter craft.
-Using their toy cars we sang this little chant:
“Five Little Cars”
(Sue Eilers and Mary Marshall)
One little car,
Going to the zoo,
Met another car,
Then there were two.
Two little cars
Driving by the sea.
One drove up from the beach,
Then there were three.
Three little cars
Driving by the store,
Another pulled out,
Then there were four.
Four little cars
Out for a drive.
Another car joined them,
Then there were five.
-We used our BluTrack to race cars down. I put an A, B, and C on three different cars so they had to identify the letter of the winning car.
-I used our car mat to have the kids practice following directions as they had to drive their car to the location I chose.
-We sorted cars by color. I laid papers in different colors around the room and they sorted out all the cars onto them.
-We played a Red Light/Green Light game. Each kid pushed a car around and had to stop or go depending on which side of the sign I was showing.
We always end our lesson with reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and adding the letter to our coconut tree.
I normally do two different lessons in the week (each on the same letter and a different topic), but for time’s sake will only be typing up details here on one of the topics. Below is a picture of some the books and activities I did for my C is for Cookie lesson. If you would like any additional information or ideas about it, don’t hesitate to ask: