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  • Motor All Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills

Letters J and I

Using bodies to make letters

Instructions Printer-Friendly

  • Using three or more family members/friends, make the letter J with your bodies on the floor
  • Take a picture of the people “J”
  • Repeat with making the letter I with bodies on the floor
  • Take a picture of the people “I”
  • When making the letters and looking at the pictures, reinforce the straight across line at the top for both letters but a curved bottom for “J” and a straight bottom for “I” 

Simplify

Using play people to make the letters allows a child to visually see the letter easier. See the picture at the top of the page using play people to make the letter I

Extend

Make it a family affair and try making all the letters of the alphabet during a family gathering.  Be sure and have someone take a picture of each letter to see how everyone did and to use for future activities. See our family letter K at the top of the page.

QUESTIONS FOR CHILD

What is your favorite family activity and why?

Can you give me an example of being creative?

Materials

  • three or more family members, classmates or friends; play people
  • camera

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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)

"Teeth"
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

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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.