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Letters A and E

Finding pictures of animals with names beginning with A and E; Reading an animal rhyme and watching an A and E animal in action

Instructions Printer-Friendly

  • Ask a child to think of an animal that begins with a short sound of A - antelope, ant, alligator, anteater, etc.
  • Find a picture of an animal beginning with A and put into a 3 ring binder behind the letter A. Click here to find pictures of animal names beginning with A.
  • Go and learn about aardvarks here - hear a rhyme and watch a video 
  • Ask a child to think of an animal that begins with a short sound of E - elephant, elf (baby newt) elk, etc.
  • Find a picture of an animal beginning with E and put into 3 ring binder behind the letter E. Click here to find pictures of animal names beginning with E. 
  • Go and learn about an eyelash pit viper here- hear a rhyme and watch an amazing video showing how the pit viper strikes

Simplify

Beforehand have pictures of animals that begin with A and E for a child to use.  Say the name of an "A" animal and see if the child can select from a group of animals. Say the name of an "E" animal and see if the child can select from a group of animals.

If cutting out the pictures is too hard - just let the child tear it out.

Extend

Encourage child to use scissors to cut out the animal pictures or have them draw their own animal pictures. 

 

QUESTIONS FOR CHILD

What did you notice about an aardvark? Click here

What is something you are really good at doing?

Materials

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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)

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

"The Mitten" VIDEO
by Jan Brett (Activity 22)

"How Kind" VIDEO
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)

"The Hokey Pokey" VIDEO
by The Learning Station (Activity 14)

"Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K448, II. Andante" VIDEO
by Mozart (Activity 20)

"ABC (The Alphabet Song" VIDEO
by Dora the Explorer

Monthly Materials List

Click Here to view the list!

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.)