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Letters J and I

Practicing identification of the letters J and I; meeting unusual J and I animals in videos

Instructions Printer-Friendly

  • On a sheet of paper write the letter J twice and one letter P (J J P)
  • Ask the child to circle the letter that isn’t a  J
  • Next, write 3 letter J’s and one letter H (J J J H)
  • Ask the child to draw a square around the letter that isn’t a J
  • Write letter J letter P and letter H (J P H)
  • Cross out letters that aren’t a letter J
  • Have the child practice writing letter J and letter I 
  • Ask the child to think of an animal that begins with J (jackal, jackrabbit, jaybird,  jellyfish, joey, etc.)
  • Find a picture of an animal beginning with J and put into the binder ( Easy way to find pictures is to type “Free pictures of animals” in internet search engine)
  • Learn about a dangerous jellyfish here
  • Ask a child to think of an animal that begins with I  (iguana, impala, insect, etc.)
  • Find a picture of an animal beginning with I and put into the binder 
  • Learn how an ibis makes water safe for people for bathing here


Find animal pictures in old magazines if the Internet/printer is not available.  The child can draw a picture of an animal also. 

Use a cookie sheet or tray with sides and sprinkle flour, salt, or sugar in the tray.  Write the letters as instructed in the tray instead of on the paper. An adult can guide a child's finger in the tray to make the J's, P's, and H's.


Review all the letters learned so far from Month 1 by writing all the letters on a piece of paper, dry erase board, or chalkboard.  Ask a child to erase or cross off each letter as you say the sound of the letter.  You can also ask the child to name an animal that begins with that sound.  A, E, B, F, C, R, D, M, O, U, G, Y, S, V, H, P


What is your favorite alphabet sound to make? Why?

Is there a sound in nature that makes you afraid and why? Is there a sound in nature that you like to hear and why?


  • piece of paper/dry erase board/chalkboard
  • crayons/markers/chalk
  • internet and printer/ old magazines
  • 3 ring binder (click here to purchase) with alphabet dividers (click here to purchase) which was started in Month 1 Activity 5

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Review
  • Color - Black
  • Number - Seven, 7
  • Alphabet Letters - J, I
  • Sense - Smell
  • Character Trait - Courage
  • Target Words - Long, Little, Short, Small

Monthly Proverb

Chinese - If you get up one more time than you fall, you will make it through

Did You Know?

"Before children enter elementary school, they must develop many linguistic and cognitive skills that will make later academic learning possible. By the age of five, however, children differ markedly in their success in reaching these developmental goals." Entwisle & Alexander, 1993

Books to Read

"The Little Engine That Could"
by Watty Piper, Illustrator Loren Long (Activity 12) (audiobook available)

"My Very First Mother Goose"
with Ioa Opie Editor and Rosemary Wells Illustrator (Activity 26)

"The Color Monster, A Story About Emotions "
by Anna Lienas (Activity 8)

"The Color Monster, A Story About Emotions" VIDEO
by Anna Lienas (Activity 8)

"The Little Engine that Could" VIDEO
by Watty Piper (Activity 12)

Music Playlist

"America (My Country Tis of Thee)" VIDEO
by the Hit Crew, Album: Drew’s Famous Music for Summer Games and Activities (Activity 13)

by Willa Brigham, Album: Healthy Happy Habits (Activity 25)

"Miss Mary Mack"
by Ella Jenkins, Album: You’ll Sing a Song and I’ll Sing a Song (Activity 9)

My Country 'Tis of Thee
by Aretha Franklin (Activity 13)

Monthly Materials List

Click Here to view the list!

Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Jack and Jill

(Activity 19 Month 9)

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water.

Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after.