Letter Book List

Every house, with kids, needs Alphabet books. We have quite a few on our shelves year round but we ventured to the library for some new reads. Some were awesome and others were not impressive. I decided to include my thoughts on all of the books we read.

Alphabet Week Book List

What are your must haves when it comes to ABC books?

I love rhyming, great illustrations, with a mix of uncommon and common words. Most books don’t have all of my favorite qualifiers in them but that’s why I read lots and lots of books. We love the variety.

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Teach Your Monster to Read

We love the website, Teach Your Monster to Read!

This is not a sponsored post. Just a product that I believe in.

We recently discovered it and Bee has been playing a few times a week.

To get the game started you first design your own Monster. You choose their eyes, horns, hair, legs, arms, etc. Bee loved being able to customize and make his own monster. The Monster then goes on adventures. During the adventures you discover the phonetic alphabet and complete missions. How fun!

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Workbox Wednesday

Workbox 21M April

Here are the fun things we have in our bins for Sweets (21 months) this week.

Creative Arts - Play Dough

Creative Arts: Play dough

Math - Shapes

Math: Shape sorter and Flashcards

Language - Letters Flannel

Language: Letter Association Flannel Book

Science - Fine Motor

Science: Pom Pom Transfer Fine Motor Activity

Our World - Flannel Animals

Our World: Animal Flannel Book

Check back here to see how our activities went!

Hippity Hoppity

We had an excellent Easter and a lot of fun with our work. First I will share our week review then a bit from our family Easter celebrations.

Here are our workboxes prior to starting this week:

We loved our Language Egg Hunt. I thought that it would go over Bee’s head but he surprised me again. The hubs and I put mini animals inside Easter eggs before we hid them. In the morning the kids found the eggs and opened them to discover an animal. I had them match the animals to the beginning letter of their name. W – Whale, D – Dolphin, etc. They needed a little prompting for the correct letter but soon they mastered the names and letters. They loved hiding the eggs again and again. I didn’t even have to hide them!!

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Workbox Wednesday

Workbox Easter 3yr oldEaster Week! Easter is such a fun season. We are Christian so we try and keep Easter focused on Christ and his resurrection. We also love having fun so we do participate in plenty of spring activities and Egg hunts.

This week our bins were packed of fun things for Bee (3 yrs). We will be busy! (affiliate links below)

Creative Threading Tot School Fine Motor

Creative Arts: Threading with yarn and plastic canvas

Math Patterns Tot School Easter Scissors

Math: Pattern practice and scissor skills

Language Easter Hunt Letter Association Tot School Scissors

Language: Boogie Board, Egg hunt letter association game, Scissor skills with cut and paste activity

Science Seeds Tot School Spring

Science: Seed sensory bin with The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds

Religious Easter Jesus Tot School Sensory

Our World: Easter Story with Play Dough

Wondering how our Easter went? Look no further, here it is!

Our Solar System Week Reveiw

Our “S” week was all about stars, space and shapes. We had so much fun!

Here is the link to our workboxes.

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Sweets is loving “The Friend” magazine. She loves to study in her book while I study in mine. One of the reasons I added our foundation bin was to help teach the babes some of our priorities. One of those is daily scripture study or inspiration time.

Scripture Study

Foam Pit GymnasticsKids bodies grow so fast and they learn so much at lightning speed. We wanted our babes to have the freedom to explore and also test their growing capabilities. Gymnastics was our answer. We had such a good time in our first class. The kids tried new things, listened occasionally to their coach and shook their booties during our dance time. I cant wait to see what they learn during this semester.

Puzzle Collage

We still love puzzles! Puzzles of all shapes and sizes. We do ginormous ones and itty bitty ones.

Sweets is getting so much better at matching shapes. This Tupperware Shape O Ball is a little tricky as it rotates but we like a challenge.

Shape Sort
Constellation Cutting Fine MotorI normally do my prep work the week prior so that we start the week ready to go. Well that didn’t happen this time. I finally found time to cut out our constellation patterns. While I was working Bee was watching my every movement. Who knew that cutting was so exciting. The logical thing was to get him his own set of scissors and let him practice his cutting skills. Just another simple way to incorporate learning activities into everyday life.
Language Gems

Our language bin was all about letter recognition. Our space word page was trickier than I anticipated because the printable was a mix of upper and lower case while the tiles were solely uppercase. Oops. It was a good experience though and I was able to talk with Bee about the differences between the two forms of letters. During our third run though of this activity he only had a problem recognizing the letter “R/r.”

Space Letter S and Spelling with BananagramsGem a Dot letter “S” success. This activity is always a hit. I love that the clean up is minimal and that the kids can do this activity over and over again with no assistance. I do enjoy working with the babes but I also try and promote independence when I can.
Math is so much more fun than I remember it being. For a long time Bee has loved counting but the order was consistently off. For example: 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10. Not wrong just missing a couple numbers in the middle. We are seeing a huge improvement in his counting recently. He still doesn’t get all the right numbers but he has added 6 and 7. The numbers 4 and 5 have that tricky “F” sound so I think he might be purposefully skipping them. He will repeat the words after me so I know he can say them.
Our Wheel of Stars was so fun. We counted the stars then found the matching number to place on top. Easy and fun! I especially like that this activity incorporated multiple ways of learning. We covered visual, auditory and kinesthetic.
Space Math Number and Sequence

Our math bin also contained a space themed sequence activity. Each square had a different number of objects on it. We counted them and placed them in order. The graphics were great and introduced some new items that I didn’t even think about talking about. Such as asteroids, satellites and comets. We talked briefly about what was on all of the squares but none of them really peaked Bee’s interests so we moved on.

Life skills! We cant forget about those. Sweets is actually getting decent at stacking the dishes in the drying rack for me. Yes, we do end up covered in water but they are learning the importance of helping out. Both the kids enjoy rinsing and stacking our dishes. I don’t even ask for help anymore. I simply fill the right side of the sink half full with warm water and bring a chair in front of the sink. Soon enough either one of the kids or both we at my side splashing and stacking beside me.

Real Life Toddler Chores Sibling Love Slide
I plan a lot of our activities out before the week begins. I don’t usually share our spontaneous adventures but I thought I would make an exception. I have a variety of supplies hidden, not very sneakily I might add, that we bring out occasionally. I also use them to fill our bins. Bee and Sweets know what I have stored for the most part so they ask me for specific activities when we are done our boxes or they aren’t interested in what I have chosen.
Daily Adventures Fine Motor

Resources:

Books:

I Want To Be An Astronaut – Sesame Street
Seeing Stars – Magic School Bus
Lost in the Solar System – Magic School Bus
Space Reading

Printables:

Videos:

Solar System Song

Magic School Bus Lost in Space: Season 1, Episode 1

Magic School Bus  Seeing Stars: Season 4, Episode 7

Workbox Wednesday

Space Workbox 3 yr 1 yrWe were lucky enough to combine both Bee’s (3yrs) and Sweet’s (1yr) bins. Here are the fun things we have planned this week.

Math - Counting and Sequence  Math: Solar System sequence cards, Counting stars with number recognition

Language - Letter S Gem Star BananagramsLanguage: Letter recognition with Space words, Gem a Dot, Boogie Board

Science - SpaceScience: Glow in the Dark Stars, Constellations, Books

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Week Review

Here are our workboxes prior to starting this week:

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JournallingThis week I introduced a new concept to Bee. We are starting to Journal. Bee can draw, he can color, use stickers whatever he wants. I have prompted him a little bit to start. After our morning routine I asked Bee if he wanted to write in his journal. If he said yes than we got our journal, colors and stickers. I asked him what we did the day before and we wrote hand over hand whatever his answers were. After we write for a bit I give him other supplies to decorate his pages with. Most days he likes to write something but occasionally he just draws. It is up to him. My goal is to get him to write/draw once a week.

Flashcard Siblings

In our foundations bins both kids have flashcards. Which they love. Bee has even taken to teaching Sweets her shapes and colors. Victory!! One less thing for me to do.

Number Toss

This is real life and real life is messy. I’ve learned to just embrace it ….and clean up before snacks. Its my little trick to keeping things from getting out of control. Here we are with our number bean
 bags. One side has a number (2) and the other side has it written out (two). I love them. I had Bee pick a bag look at the number then I told him what it was and he repeated it before he threw it into the bin. Math with a physical element thrown in. He threw these all week long. I got out different baskets for him to use just to mix things up.
Sweets is getting better and better at puzzles. Melissa & Doug Shapes Sound Puzzle is amazing much like their entire collection. This puzzle was an easy way to incorporate auditory learning and independence.
This week our focus was our language bin, specifically the letter K. Bee’s speech has been improving and we have been working hard for his success. We also recruited Sweets into our speech therapy activities. Might as well. Our speech therapist has been amazing and supports our education goals. She often prints me off resources with activities for us to do in between our sessions. I am so blessed to have her support. I have also found many great speech resources online. (I will share some in a later post.)
We had an off day and didn’t get any of learning activities down until Jason got home. It was actual a nice treat for all of us. I probably appreciated it the most because we could work with both the kids and help them at the same time.
Coloring K Collage
First we colored our “K” sound images. Then we practiced our scissor skills before glueing our pictures onto a giant K.
Letter K Phonic Collage
Ta-daa!
Our pictures are ready for the fridge and practicing our “K” sound. We often display our work on the fridge but I also discovered that it was the perfect reminder to actually use our project. When Bee wanted a snack we had to say at least a few words correctly first. Sweets also enjoyed pointing to her page while I told her what the objects were.
Build a Dinosaur

For our world study we went back in time. To when dinosaurs roamed the earth! Bee loves Dino’s so we had lots of fun options for our bins. It was perfect because somethings were better for older kids and some activities were good for all ages.

Bee received a Dinosaur building figurine for Christmas that came with his very own screw driver. How exciting! He loves to take this apart and build it over and over again. We also have gigantic dominoes with dinosaur pictures. We played a lot of games matching the Dinosaurs but also talking about the differences between them. Long legs, short arms, wings, horns, etc. We also read some great books with some of our favorite people.
Dinosaur Reading
For the younger crowd our designated activity was playing with play dough and cookie cutters. Bee couldn’t let Sweets have all the fun so they played together.