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A & E

Learning sound of A and making letter A and E with toothpicks

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  • Have child select one apple and take out of refrigerator
  • Remind them that an apple is a food referred to as a fruit
  • Share the beginning sound of "A"-  aaaaa. 
  • Ask child what is the first sound in their name (Debi - d) 
  • Ask child to find an object that begins with the same sound (Debi - d for drawer) 
  • Ask child for sound and letter name that is at the beginning of their name
  • Using 3 toothpicks or large craft sticks make a capital A. Ask the child to copy this letter with their own 3 sticks. Keep saying the letter name A and the sound a
  • Depending on the first letter in child's name use the toothpicks and make that letter, too.
  • Using 4 toothpicks to make a capital E
  • Ask the child to make their own E
  • Remove one toothpick and let the child replace to make the E again
  • Remove two toothpicks and let the child replace to make the E again


Draw on a piece of paper the upper case letters  A and E - making the sides as long as a toothpick/craft stick.  Encourage child to place their toothpicks/craft sticks over the drawn letters. Ask questions such as how many toothpicks does it take to make an A or how many to make an E


Encourage child to make their own A and E without looking at an example but only by name of letter and sound of letter.


Can you think of another food that could begin with A or E? (avocado, asparagus, artichokes, almonds, apricot, OR enchilada, eclair, eggplant)

Can you think of another fruit?


  • apple
  • toothpicks

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Square
  • Color - Yellow
  • Number - One, 1
  • Alphabet Letter - A, E
  • Senses - Touch
  • Character Trait - Caring
  • Target Words - In, Out, Empty, Full

Monthly Proverb

Swedish - The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.

Did You Know?

Children who are not ready for kindergarten often have trouble succeeding in school. Those who do poorly in school are more likely to need to repeat classes, need special education, drop out of school, become teen parents, and get into trouble with the law. As adults, drop-outs have trouble making a living wage, and are at risk of poverty and homelessness

From Plan for the Washington Early Learning System – Draft 12/1/09 (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2005; Isaacs, 2008).

Books to Read

"The Mitten"
by Jan Brett (Activity 22)

"Little Blue and Little Yellow"
by Leo Lionni (Activity 8)

"How Kind"
by Mary Murphy (Activity 12)

Music Playlist

"The Hokey Pokey"
by Music for Little People Choir from album Toddlers Sing Playtime (Children) (Activity 14)

"Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K448 II."
Andante by Alicia de Larrocha from album Mozart: Concerto & Sonata for 2 pianos (Classical) (Activity 20)

"ABC (The Alphabet Song)"
from album Dora the Explorer (Children) (Activity 1)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Select one poem for child to memorize this month and recite it at bedtime plus one song/fingerplay to learn. Here are two examples:

My NAME Song

(Activity 25 Month 1 - Sung to tune of BINGO)

There was a family had a child

and Carly (insert child's name) was her name.

C - A - R - L - Y C - A - R - L - Y C - A - R - L - Y (spell child's name)

And Carly (insert child's name) was her name

Kind To Others

(Activity 13 Month 1 - Fingerplay)

5 little children

Standing in a row ( hold up 5 fingers)

They are kind to others

Everywhere they go. (walk hand in front of body)

I am one of the children (point to self)

Standing in a row (hold up 5 fingers)

I'll be kind to others (point to self)

Wherever I go. (walk hand in front of body)

(This fingerplay works as a reminder to a child to be kind in any situation- without saying a word. Just walk hand in front of body to silently signal a child to remember to be kind or use actual sign language for the word kind.)