My plan for this year is to spend 1-2 weeks on each letter of the alphabet doing a variety of activities. My hope is that at the very least we’ll do a craft or two, learn about something that starts with that letter (hopefully by reading lots of fun books,) learn about a country, and learn a verse. We’ll see if I can keep it up all year! For the letter “A” we had two weeks, so we were able to do lots of fun things.
Here’s our learning board at the end of the two weeks. I got this idea from the book Steady Days by Jamie Martin. You can see our crafts, verse, colored flag for Argentina, some other coloring pages, and of course a picture of Aurora…hey, her name starts with “A”.
Apple Tree Seasons Craft-I’m not much of a craft person, but we did this quick and easy craft of an apple tree throughout the seasons. I just cut out trunks and a green circle (except for the Winter tree) and glued them down on paper. Then Charlotte took little pieces of tissue paper and glued them on each tree. Pink/white for Spring, Green for Summer, and Red for Fall.
Apple Pie-Charlotte and I made an apple pie together and it actually turned out delicious!
The Apple Pie that Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson. I loved the illustrations in this book and it takes an apple pie and traces back the growing process of the apples on the tree to the pie, “warm and sweet, that Papa baked.”
Another fun apple/counting book is Ten Apples Up On Top by Dr. Seuss. Lots of rhyming and counting fun. Charlotte had lots of fun and practice counting all the apples as we read.
By far my favorite apple book we read was One Green Apple by Eve Bunting. In this story, Farah is new at school and doesn’t even speak the language yet. The class takes a trip to an apple farm where they pick apples and work together making apple cider. I loved the illustrations and there was a great message to the story.
Here’s another apple tree craft we did. I got this idea from No Time for Flashcards, which is also where I got most of my book ideas. Charlotte really loved using the dropper to color the trees.
It’s important to me to teach Charlotte that there are people in our world other than the ones she sees every day. I want her to learn about other cultures, other places, and other people in different countries. So, my goal is to learn about one country along with each letter we do.
We have a great book, Children Just Like Me, which talks about children in different countries and how they live, what their school is like, what their home is like, what they do for fun, and more. So, we read about Carlitos from Argentina.
I also printed out a flag from Crayola for Charlotte to color in.
Verse: “A friend loves at all times.” Proverbs 17:17
This was the first time I’ve really tried to have Charlotte memorize a verse and I was surprised at how quickly she picked it up. We talked about how important it is to love our friends and treat them kindly at ALL times…even when they’re not sharing! There were plenty of opportunities for me to bring up this concept during the week and remind her to love her friends.
**Update: I just found this really adorable apple print wreath craft and I had to add it in. I just wish I would have seen it when we were all about apples!