Monday, 14 December 2015

Letter F themed activities

For this week's set of works, I chose two themes to roughly stick with - farm and fruit. Because planning for this series had actually started quite a while before we went live with it, I had thought of having our farm theme coincide with the Letter F, but eventually ended up publishing our farm unit separately because it was huge. 

This week, I chose our Letter F themed works as a review of a lot of the works we had covered during the farm theme. Some of the photos you see then will come from that unit. A lot, of course, are new! In either case, I highly recommend that you checkout my farm unit and free farm printables for tons more hands on activities! There are several wonderful science experiments that Y loved, too!


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Weekly learning binder


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Includes

  • Playdough mat (laminated and used with a dry erase marker for writing practice) 
  • Flamingo letter search and find 
  • Letter maze
  • Capital and lower case sorting
  • I spy mat
  • Shape matching 
  • Fruit 3 part cards/prereading cards
  • Farm animal families matching cards
  • Shape discrimination 

Letter practice


Y has been loving these cut and glue printables. Naturally, I included another set in this week's printables! I haven't been taking photos of our actual trays for this as the Russian letters of course are different than the latin based ones used in English. I don't want to confuse you guys, but here is the idea from the printable pack. 


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Because feather starts with f, this is a great chance to do a feather craft! Simply have your child glue feathers onto the play dough mat printable available in this week's set! 


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Math  


Y is really advancing with his math! Once more, we used our sandpaper numbers this week! Here are a few options that will work for letter Ff: 

Counting feathers 

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Counting and matching farm themed number cards

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Another idea is to use farm animals for size sequencing! We placed the cows from smallest to largest and vice versa (review from  our farm unit!). 

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Counting flowers


Miscellaneous 


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Practical life


This was a great week for practical life works! There are so many fun things you can do with your child for letter Ff. Even though Letter of the Week is a fun way to teach your little ones the letters of the alphabet, this is also a great opportunity to work on other skills at the same time, such as practical life works that are crucial for children's development. 


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This work is a sort of fishing work. Y had to:

  • Pour the water into the bucket
  • Add the fish
  • Wash them with the sponge
  • Use the spoon to get them out
  • Dry them with the cloth (cloth also used for spills) 

This is a lot of steps, but is a nice way to work on logic, following directions, fine motor skills, hand eye coordination, pouring practice, and more! Plus, it's fun. Water play is usually a winner in our home!

Another wonderful letter F work is making orange juice, following our Ff is for fruit theme. Aside from being a delicious and healthy drink, this work is a wonderful opportunity to work on strengthening hand muscles, kitchen skills, and even practice manners. 

For this work, I presented: 

  • A bowl of oranges
  • A tray with a mat 
  • A glass
  • A towel for spills 
  • An apron (child sized from  ikea) 
  • A glass citrus juicer similar to this one
  • Not pictured: additional bowl for used orange peels

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*Note: I cut the oranges in half for Y.  He squeezed the juice. 

Preparing an apple snack is another fun one! Here's what we used: 

  • An apple 
  • Apple peeler
  • Knife to cut the apple
  • Cutting board 
  • Small bowl for placing finished apple 
  • Apron

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My husband bought a small flashlight for Y a little while ago. Y doesn't use a night light, but adores having this flashlight in his bed. He's always fascinated when we change the batteries and always has to help. This week was a fun chance to change the batteries on his flashlight and work on taking it apart/putting it together. 


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Tweezing feathers 

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Tweezing flowers into 2 trays 


Washing a cow

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The next set of trays follow the farm theme! Any variation of these are fantastic practice for developing important skills and muscle strength in your kids' hands. 

The reason why this is so important is that these works are precursors for writing. They help to develop proper pencil grip, hand eye coordination, as well as generally strengthening the muscles in their hands. 

Since we have started reviewing letters so 'intensively' (or rather more purposefully), Y has been asking me to teach him to write. In the near future, you will be seeing more writing practice based works, as well. The following types of trays are great places to begin before writing. 

Spooning


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Crushing egg shells

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Spooning 'wool' 

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