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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Weekly Alphabet Letters

When my son was just 18 months old, we'd try to go to storytime at the library.  Each week, the library would focus on a different letter of the alphabet, and I thought - how clever!  If I did the same letters they did, I'd teach my kids the alphabet in no time!  Well, we moved.  And the local library doesn't do the same thing, but now that my son is 3 and starting to care about these letters, it's time to start teaching them for real.  So, I've been gathering info for months, and thinking of different things we could do each week for different letters.  I fell in love with our calendar when I realized that we can go through the entire alphabet twice in a year with a few weeks to spare for any vacations or just to have the holidays off.  So, because I like to do things in an orderly mannor, we'll be starting with A for Alphabet the first week in July.  Side note: another perfect thing: how great is it that alphabet starts with "a"?!!  It will be the perfect way to introduce my grand plans to my son.
So, in my search I've come across some great ideas, and I thought I'd share them here for anyone else who may be interested in joining me on my weekly letter lesson plan.
First of all, {Serving Pink Lemonade} kind of had the same idea - she just did weekly letter parties.  So, it became something she and her daughter would plan during the week leading up to party day, which I think was Friday.  She shares some of her ideas for things that they did to celebrate different letters.
I think I'll use her idea in a way and do something fun at the end of each week to celebrate the letter we've learned about all week.
I've been searching for both coloring pages for letters and for printables, and I found this colored printable alphabet that is pretty cute and also free at {Alphabet for Kids}
{No Time for Flashcards} always has great ideas, but here are 25 of her ideas all about teaching the alphabet.  Some pretty fun and creative things to do, if you're stuck in a rut, or just want to try something new.
I stumbled upon this site: {Everything Preschool} and found a ton of great ideas for teaching each letter of the alphabet.  It inspired a lot of ideas for me.  And I'll definitely be going back as I move from week to week.
There are tons of free printable coloring pages and books for the alphabet, but I'm a little OCD, and wanted all the pages to "match" but a lot of the alphabet sets I was finding had at least one letter that I knew would be confusing for my son.  For example, many have yacht for "y" which I knew would always be boat to him.  There were other problem letters as well...  Anyway, I found this printable coloring book at {Free Teacher Worksheets} and it's the best compilation I've come across so far.  Almost everything is unmistakable, hopefully!!
I had this idea to make placemats for each letter using coloring pages that had the actual letter on them so my son could fill in the letter with finger foods that started with that letter while he ate...but I'm not sure that will work out with some of the letters.  What can you eat that starts with "u" ?  But, if I do end up doing that, I'll either use the pages in the book shown above or one of these two:
from {Mr. Printables
from {Kids Under 7}
I really liked this last one because it gives you several different pages for each letter, so if you don't like one representation of the letter, they have another one you can use instead.

 {Confessions of a Homeschooler} also has a ton of ideas for teaching each letter.  She also has alphabet review ideas and free printables. 
And lastly, from {Rockabye Butterfly} has a lot of great ideas for reviewing the alphabet.
So, I'll probably refer to this site once we have the letters a little more solidified.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Bowtie Onsie

Is this not the cutest little thing you have EVER seen!??
Seriously, I saw these onsies and about died!  They are so adorable!!  I want one for my little man. 
You could try to attempt making them by yourself like {sittin pretty} did, or you could just buy some from her Etsy shop: {Sittin Pretty}.
I'm in love.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day.  Find this print at {The Family}.
And in case you're still searching, {The Gypsie Momma} has a list of 100 great gift ideas for Mother's Day.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Monday, May 7, 2012

Kids DIY Mother's Day Paperweight

Cute idea that a kid could totally make.  Cover rocks in fabric.

From {Parents.com}

What you'll need: Fabric, scissors, fabric glue, water, smooth rocks or stones, wax paper, felt letter stickers

Make it: Make a small cut in the end of the fabric and tear strips from it. Cut the strips into manageable pieces and brush watered down glue on the back (coat each piece as you're using it). Adhere the strip of fabric to the rock. Repeat with additional strips, overlapping the edges of the fabric strips. Set aside to dry on wax paper. Once the rock is dry, brush another layer of glue over the top of the rock and let it dry. Embellish with letter stickers, if desired

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Kids DIY Mother's Day Card

Cannot get over how much I love this!!
It takes hardly any supplies - and let's be honest, you could write the letters just as easily...or use stencils so the kids could do it themselves. 
What mom or grandma wouldn't love this!?
So simple and so cute!!
Visit {A Day in My Life} for all the details.

Friday, May 4, 2012

DIY Fabric Stacker

Look familiar?  I used to have a toy just like this...only it was plastic.  I love this idea of making one out of fabric! {Domisticesq} has a great tutorial with a slideshow of how to put it all together.  I think this is a great way to use some left over fabric!  And, it's machine washable!!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Kids DIY Mother's Day Pot

I love this kid craft idea! Something so simple that turns out so cute!
All you need are some empty tuna cans stripped of their label, and some clothes pins. 
Have the kids pin the clothes pins on the can all the way around. 
Simple right? 
Then you can put a plant inside. 
Or they even make great votives. 
But for Mother's Day, a flower would be best!
Visit {Family Chic} for all the details.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Cute Key Frame

Just thought this was a cute way to keep those keys organized.
I love the way it looks!!
Visit {The Purple Carrot} for more information on how to make it.

Mother's Day Interview

Love this idea from {Pepper&Buttons}.  I think I'll video tape my kids' answers to these questions every Mother's Day.
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