WARNING: This post is a bit long, but hang in there with me until the end and you will for sure be rewarded!
Materials: Alligator "A" drawn on an index card, crayons, googly eyes, and a binder ring
Back of the flash card
1) Color the letter "A" to look like an alligator.
2) Add googly eyes and teeth.
3) Have child trace the capital and lower case "Aa" on the back.
The last thing I have the parents do is attach the flash card to the provided binder ring. Each week they come back they will attach the next flash card. I will have a picture for this next week when we add the letter Bb.
As for Story Time, well I said I would get into that later and the time has come. Story Time at the Mooresville Public Library is for 4 to 6 year olds. Just like 2s and 3s Time, I switched things up a bit for this class. This year, we will be doing similar things as 2s and 3s, however, I am going to add a second craft and story based on a different word that starts with the same letter. For example, for the letter Aa I chose AIRPLANE! Thus, not only did the 4 to 6 year olds get to make the Alligator flash card this week, I also had each child make a paper airplane.
Warning: folding paper for 4 to 6 year olds can be hard! I thought my kids would have no problem with this, boy was I wrong. I definitely should have written down instruction and not relied solely on the "show them how" method. Ultimately, each kid made a paper airplane that could fly. After folding the airplane, I read the kids A Plane Goes Ka-Zoom! by Jonathon London. This is a great book not only about airplanes but about opposites and colors as well.
After reading this book, I took all the kids outside, lined them up, and let them throw their airplanes! It was so much fun to see all those colors flying through the air! Some flew greats, others, well, not so much, but it didn't even matter. Each kid had a great time making their card and airplane. 4 to 6 years old really is a great age to mix fun with educational.
Well, that's it for the letter Aa. Sorry it was long and drawn out. I promise next week to be short, quick, and to the point! Just like last time, if you ever have any questions, just let me know! Stay tuned next week for the letter Bb.