Hi, friends! It's Ashley from One Sharp Bunch. Welcome to my first post on The Primary Pack! I am so very excited to be collaborating with some fabulous bloggers, as we bring you a rainbow of ideas! Please look for me on the 14th of every month!
Today, I am here to share why C is a magic letter! My students were so intrigued by this lesson! Just the mention of the word "magic" peaked my kinders' attention. You could have heard a pin drop! Of course, I played Magic C up for a few days before we actually completed this activity, so by then, they were dying to know why C was magic! Before I let you all in on C's magical powers, I need to let you know that I do not teach the letters in alphabetical order. I use Frances Bloom's and Nina Traub's Recipe for Reading. In their book, they begin with the letter C because lowercase c can easily be turned into other letters of the alphabet (o, a, d, g, q). This book was given to me by my host teacher when I completed my student teaching many moons ago, and I have been using it ever since!
For this lesson, I prepped a 12 x 18 piece of white construction paper with the letter C and a black line. Then, I pulled out the ever coveted finger paint!
We continued with our guided drawing by adding eyes and a nose (ovals and an upside down triangle). Yes, we reviewed our shapes too! By this point, the kiddos had a pretty good idea of what we were drawing!
When I typed in "alphabet crafts" into the Pinterest search bar, a million different ideas popped up! Here are a few of my favorites:
How cute is this D duck from Play and Learn Dana and B bunny from an unknown Pinterest source?!?!
I also love this P penguin from Rockabye Butterfly and this S snake I found on Pinterest!
AND how about this adorable zebra from Blessings Overflowing, as well as the alligator and apple found on Pinterest?!?! I wish these pictures linked to a source, so I could give credit where credit is due! I also found an entire board dedicated to embedded picture mnemonics from Storytime Standouts!
Alphabet crafts are just one way I like to introduce the alphabet. As we begin exploring letters and sounds, I also like to send home the "Letter Box" and ask that particular student to bring in three-five items that begin with that letter. The kiddos cannot wait for it to be their turn to take it home! This student had the letter Cc, and he brought in some great real-life examples... so much more meaningful than looking at pictures or cards! You can read more about the "Letter Box" and grab a FREEBIE here!
Thank you all for stopping by to read my first post as a Primary Packer, and don't forget to visit me at One Sharp Bunch for more ideas and freebies! Until next time!