Letter L Learning in Action

 

I am teaching young children again! Not my own children this time, but the children of a very good friend. See our original post about this new adventure here. Each week I plan to share our plans, which I did for Letter L here, and I also plan to share after our week is done so you can see my students in action!

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I am excited to share all about our twelfth week together, with a focus on the LETTER L! In addition to a letter focus each week I am using All About Reading Pre-Reading with them. Since I only have my students two days a week, we cram a lot into a short time! I also provide their parents with activities to do at home.

Letter L Fun

We enjoyed several different activities, most from my site! I will link everything we used below!

Everything shown in this collage is included with our Ultimate Kindergarten @ Home Membership – which is the best way to get your hands on everything we offer, see the cost savings here!

Below you can see AK and Ki doing the following activities:

 

Letter Review Activities

Every 4 letters, we do some review activities! With me, they do two of them and I send one home for homework. Below you can see them working on the Cut, Mix, Sort, & Glue and the Dot Fun Letter ID Review. I sent home the other Beginning Sound Sort.

 

I also really love the Fine Motor Alphabet Bundle and the Alphabet Curriculum Bundle from Crafty Classroom! The kids enjoyed the following activities this week:

  • Find Letter Ll
  • Dab & Read Letter L
  • Trace Letter Ll

Raising Lil Rock Stars Letter L

I didn’t get any action photos, or even a shot of our display board, but we enjoyed the verse bracelets, and tracing pages this week.

 

Letter L Toys & Puzzles

I love setting up fun letter displays and playing with the items. See more ideas here!

The kids enjoy playing with the toys and reading the books. Another hands-on activity I have them do is bring in objects from home that begin with the letter we are studying. Each week I take a photo of them with the objects they bring in and then I edit it and we have a photo album of each letter! Here’s their letter L photo:

Another activity we do each week is a beginning sound sort using our tiny objects. See more about this here! Each week we begin by sorting our new sound with a sound we have already learned. I put out a few objects that begin with each letter and they take turns sorting.

Letter L Books

We read tons of books featuring the Letter I! See all of our Letter L book ideas here!

Free Play

While I work with one child, the other has “rug time” which is basically reading books or playing with toys on the rug! This works well and allows me some one on one time with each of them. After we finish they enjoy some rug time together.  Below you can see them enjoying our Spielgaben set.

Letter L Printables, Books, & More

 

I am teaching young children again! Not my own children this time, but the children of a very good friend. See our original post about this new adventure here. One of the ways I plan to share with the parents of the kids I am teaching is through the use of Google Slides. I am creating slides to show what we are using so they can see and also so they can easily share with friends. In addition to sharing with them, I will be sharing with you!

Looking for previous letter posts?

Letter L Plans

You can see our plans for LETTER L here! You’ll find direct links to things we are using, and other links to help plan a Letter L unit! I decided to use Google Slides so I can update them easily in the future if needed!

Letter L Books

I am also creating book collections for each letter so I remember to pull out certain books each week! Planning like this in advance really helps me remember all of my ideas! As I get older, the ideas vanish at times!

Here is a link to our Letter L Books! I will be using books we own as well as books from the library when able.

 

FAQ

Why are we doing a letter-of-the-week approach?

Honestly, to keep my brain in order. Going from A to Z and focusing on a letter at a time helps me stay organized. Now, we won’t ONLY be focusing on that letter. This is just a simple way to have fun with letters and sounds through printable activities, hands-on items, and books!

What grade/age is this appropriate for?

I am not big on labeling kids between the ages of 3-6 because they are all so different! Tot School, Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten have what I call “blurry lines” and a child doesn’t always fit into a specific grade. The plans I am sharing are appropriate for kids who are learning letters, and basic early childhood skills {rhyming, opposites, basic K math skills, colors, shapes, patterns, etc.}. When you follow along with us, you’ll see how I am working with my students at their own pace, rather than identifying a specific grade level. It is a mix of Pre-K and Kindergarten and will progress as needed. Much of what I create is labeled “Kindergarten” but is appropriate for many younger and even older kids. Use our assessment to guide your choices. Feel free to adjust and choose activities based on where YOUR child is at rather than what GRADE they should be in! That’s the beauty of homeschool!

Will we use the same activities each week, for each letter?

No! If I find my students don’t like a particular activity, I will probably choose something else {unless it is something I feel is absolutely necessary}. There are SO many options, many I have created myself, but they don’t need to do every single letter L printable out there. That’s silly. I will choose several based on what I think they will enjoy and will meet them at their level. It may change from week to week and you’ll be able to see what we use in our Google Slides for each letter, which I plan to post about as we move along!

Is this all we are doing?

No! Our themes will be based on our Kindergarten Literature Units.  We will also be doing a few other things, which you can see in the Google Slides!

In addition to sharing our plans {like this post}, I am also writing posts after each week is complete. Stay tuned for Letter L in action!

Is Your Mama a Llama – Kindergarten Literature Unit


We have another new Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printable Pack which is expanded to include more activities than our units in the past! Explore spring with this new set based on the book Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino.


Set the stage for your unit by gathering extra books and some toys! It helps to draw your child in and get her/him excited about your learning time together.

Don’t have a lot of toys and books to go along with this book? Ask friends, go to the library, or buy some things you think might be a good long term investment for your homeschool!


 

Be sure to purchase the book Is Your Mama a Llama?, or check it out from your library. In addition to the main book, I recommend adding in other fun LLAMA books and some stuffed or toy animals to bring the theme alive!

 

For this unit, I selected several Kindergarten Math and Literacy Goals to focus on.

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There are over 20 activities to keep your Kindergartener engaged for quite a while! Many tots, preschoolers, and even 1st graders will enjoy this set! The main focus is Kindergarten but that isn’t exclusive! Below you can see a collage of all the printables included! Click each image to enlarge!

Is Your Mama a Llama?  features six lovable animals using humorous rhymes to help Lloyd the llama discover what kind of animal his mother is.

The printables were created to go along with the story as you will see in the photos below! Connecting your activities to a book is such a great way to weave a literacy-rich learning environment into your homeschool in such a natural and fun way!

Have fun retelling the story and expanding comprehension with our comprehension questions, photo cards, and sequencing activities!

Explore beginning sounds, animal names, sentence structure, sight words, and more with these fun activities!

Explore important Kindergarten math concepts with several different activities.

Use this mini book for some practice with color words!

Take a look at South America!

There are a couple of ways to get your hands on this fun unit!

You can buy it individually here in my Shop!

OR

You can buy a Kindergarten @ Home Membership which will give you access to ALL of our Kindergarten Literature Units!

You can read more about Kindergarten @ Home here on my blog, see FAQ here, and see a spreadsheet with cost savings details here!

You’ll notice I just added our Kindergarten Monthly Calendar Notebook Membership {$18 value} to the Ultimate Membership, making the Ultimate membership level an even better deal!

Ladybug Life Cycle Printables

Free Ladybug Life Cycle Printables

Are you learning about life cycles in science? We have a new life cycle printable set for you today featuring the life cycle of a ladybug! We hope you enjoy using these free printables with your children as you explore the wonders of science through a ladybug’s life cycle.

Ladybug Life Cycle

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Looking for some fun ladybug life cycle toys to enhance your ladybug learning fun? These are some fun toys on Amazon! {click to blog to see widget}

Download your FREE Ladybug Life Cycle Printables here!

More Ladybug Fun…

Check out our ladybug craft and our review of “Are You a Ladybug?” from Ivy Kids Kits!

Ladybug Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits   Ladybug Craft

See our Ladybug Pinterest board here!

Looking for more BUG fun?

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Fall Theme Finish the Picture Printables

Fall Theme Finish the Picture Printables

Finish the Picture Drawing Printables are a fun and simple way to encourage creativity in drawing with a bit of support by providing a traceable outline to get a child started.

Here’s an example of before and after, she used Kwik Stix to color this one.

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I scale the pages down to print half sheets.  See how to do that here!

I set up a little invitation to explore and left it on her desk for her like this. I chose two of our fall books, featuring leaves. I also put out a pencil and our fall colored Kwik Stix {still a big favorite around here}.

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She was excited to see her fall books, she loves when seasonal books come back out! It was fun watching her create!

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Finish drawing 2 different leaves, an apple and a pumpkin!

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Download your FREE Fall Theme Finish the Picture Printables here!

Want more Finish the Picture Printables?

Grab the A to Z set here in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop

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More Fall Fun…

Fabulous Fall Books for Kids Fall Leaf Colors Qtip Painting Free Printables Fall Leaves Songs

Fall Preschool Fun Fall Q-Tip Painting Printables Fall Sensory Bin

Fall Tree Craft Fun Fall Art ~ Fall leaves Many Ways Fall Coloring Printables

Free Fall Leaves and Trees Coloring Pages ScarecrowCollage

Free Fall Story Starter Photo Cards Fall Theme Kindergarten Fun Falling Leaves Craft

Leaf Rubbing Craft ~ Make Leaf Friends with Leaf Rubbings Acorn Friends Craft for Kids Leaf Rubbing Family Tree Craft

Fall Theme Pinterest Board