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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:
Pouch! by David Ezra Stein
This one is always a hit in my preschool lessons! It perfectly complements the kangaroo craft we did (described below) and we read the book a second time so they could act out the story with their own joey coming in and out of its mom’s pouch.
Who Ate All the Cookie Dough? by Karen Beaumont
This is a fun story with a repetitive text and kids love discovering the answer at the end.
I Love It When You Smile by Sam McBratney
A sweet story about a mother kangaroo who is trying to cheer up her grumpy child.
Activities We Did:
Mother and joey paper craft– The kids colored the pieces and then we glued the edges of the pouch piece so their joey could slide in and out. The kids loved taking it in and out and acting out the Pouch! book.
Sang kangaroo songs using our paper kangaroos:
Jump, jump, jump
Goes the kangaroo.
I thought only one–
But now I see two!
Mommy and her baby
With his head popping out;
He holds on tight
As they jump all about!
Kangaroo Hopping Hunt Activity– I made paper kangaroo pouches to tie on to each child and hid pictures of baby kangaroos and letter K’s around the room that they hopped around the room to find and put inside their pouches. This activity is always a hit and the kids wanted to do it multiple times!
We did a letter game to review past letters by pulling out letter magnets and asking the kids to identify certain letters by putting a magnet pom pom above it. We also practiced positional words and followed directions as I told them to put the puff above/beside/under/etc the letter I identified.
Snack We Ate:
Pretzels laid out in K shape and cheese slices cut with a K cookie cutter.
We always end our lesson with singing the alphabet song, 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 K is for Kite lesson. If you would like any additional information or ideas about it, don’t hesitate to ask: