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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 and we do a letter craft based around it.
Books We Read:
Jamberry by Bruce Degen
Peanut Butter and Jelly: a Play Rhyme by Nadine Bernard Westcott
Bear Likes Jam by Ciara Gavin
The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord
Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar? by Margaret Wang
Activities We Did:
-We did the painting portions of the lesson at the beginning to give them time to dry before using them later in the lesson. Each kid pretended the red paint was jam as they painted a letter J (for the letter craft) and a piece of cardstock cut like bread (for the Giant Jam Sandwich craft).
-We talked about how jam is made and then the kids helped me make strawberry freezer jam. I used the easy recipe inside the label of Ball brand freezer pectin.
-Listened to Peanut Butter and Jelly video and did the actions
-Assembled the Giant Jam Sandwich craft and let the kids choose a couple pests to draw that they wanted to trap in the sandwich.
-J is for Jar Do a Dot sheet
Snacks We Ate:
Toast topped with the jam we made. Each kid took a jar home to share with their families as well.
We always end our lesson with singing the alphabet song, reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and adding the featured 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 J is for Jellyfish lesson. If you would like any additional information or ideas about it, don’t hesitate to ask: