The letter T is so much fun! Not only can you make the letter T with your own body, but there are so many cool toys that you can incorporate into your learning.
Something new that I also added this week was journaling. We picked out a cute notebook the last time we were at Wal-Mart for her to start her very own preschool journal. We talked about how she could draw or write whatever she was thinking about or that she wanted to for now but that I might ask her to draw/write something specific sometimes. I gave her a few minutes on her own and then had her describe what she drew. She excitedly explained that she drew worms squirming all over the page. We’ve now had two days worth of squirming worms but it’s really cute and she is always really excited to explain what she has created.
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Letter T Activities
An easy way to work on letter recognition almost anywhere is to point out the letter you are focusing on and/or the ones you’ve already talked about in EVERYTHING. We began this practice during Week 1. I would point out the Letter of the Week in all the books we were reading which were all themed around that Letter anyway so it was easy enough to do. Now B points out the letters she knows in everything she sees, the condiments on the table at dinner, our t-shirts, books, menus at restaurants, everywhere.
I also printed out Dot Pages for the Letter T and had her use Pom Poms to fill in the letter and the truck graphic.
After reading “I’ll follow the Moon” by Stephanie Lisa Tara, I had B trace the shell of the Turtle and a few capital T’s on this super cute Turtle page that I found here. I also had her circle the T’s that she found in the word “turtle” that is written at the top of the page. She then of course was free to color it in as she chose.
Our weekly play date with water color paints was no different this week. I printed a coloring page for the letter T and let her paint away. This has quickly become one of her favorite types of painting.
We also used a truck dipped in paint and painted a block lowercase letter t.
Kids love playdough, at least all the kids in my life do! I am really excited about all the playdough mats that keep popping up everywhere and decided to give them a try this week. Once printed, I stuck a mat for the letter T in a Dry Erase sleeve. I then tried to explain to Bumblebee what she needed to do with the playdough to create the letter T. This all didn’t go over so well and we ended up doing it together. This is definitely something that we will need to keep working on but playdough is so much fun that it doesn’t really matter.
We practiced tracing the Letter T in many different sizes and shapes using a tracing page from The Measured Mom. I just let her use her finger this time.
This week the focus is on counting. We did a Goldfish activity called 1 Fish, 2 Fish in which we read the number that was written in the bowl and she had to count out that number of Goldfish to put in the bowl. I believe there are different variations to this game, however this met our needs for the week. We actually ran through it twice because she asked to do it again and then we used those Goldfish as a snack!
We did this activity again with rocks, buttons, and beads as requested by B. Complete with “Plopping” noises as we dropped the rocks into the goldfish bowls.
We also did a super cute counting activity with Tulips. Using an ink pad and her finger, we put petals on tulips according to the number on the flower. Going around the flower and trying to fit them all in towards the end was a bit tricky and I had to assist with finger placement but she did all the counting. This printable set also included making the body of a caterpillar, you can find that link here.
Counting is a simple enough concept that you can incorporate it into most things that you are doing. We counted Teddy Grahams one day during snack. We counted tree along the side of the road. One afternoon while playing outside we counted bubbles. We counted train cars in our book, “Freight Train”.
I combined fine motor and counting for a quick little activity with clothespins. You can find this activity at Tips from a Typical Mom Blog.
We also used our Usborne Ready to Write wipe clean book to practice tracing triangles.
As always Pinterest is an amazing place if you are like me and lack crafty skills. We found this really cute craft project using toothbrushes. I drew a tooth on white poster paper and gave B a toothbrush and some paint. In the beginning she did her best to stay within the tooth lines but then got a little carried away and wanted to just cover the whole page with paint. This is such a cute way to paint and really almost mess free! You can find the idea for painting with toothbrushes from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas.
Books we loved this week:
The very first T book we read quickly became a favorite, “Trashy Town.” My girls have an obsession with the trash trucks on trash day. They set up chairs at the front door and wait for every single truck to come by. They wave at the garbage men and laugh and play but our day can not begin until every trash truck has come. So, this book was a huge hit. Mr. Gilly cleans up Trashy Town by stopping at key places all over town and emptying the trash cans. Simple, cute, with a lot of t’s to spot as you read.
We also read Camping Day, Freight Train, Tap Tap Boom Boom, Little Blue Truck, and I’ll Follow the Moon. All three girls loved Freight Train. We read it multiple times a day. We also sang the “Freight Train song” from Mother Goose Playhouse, it goes along perfect with the different parts of the train listed in the book and is such a cute song.
Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle is a really cute book about a thunderstorm. The pictures are unique and the idea is that a storm blows into the city and sends everyone running for cover. It shows people helping one another and making new friends all on account of a storm. I just happened to stumble upon this at the library and I’m so glad we did.
My personal favorite this week is “Little Blue Truck.” We own it and it is always my go to book, if I’m allowed to choose books at bedtime. I love the message that is portrayed and all the sounds incorporated through out. The pictures are also just so cute.
Camping out was the big to do this week, since our bible story was all about Abraham, how he lived, and the promise God made to him and Sarah (his wife). So B and I spent the night in a tent on Tuesday night. We did the whole S’More thing, read books by flashlight, and slept in a real tent (inside the house but still a real tent).
We also did a little star gazing. In our bible story it talked about how Abraham’s family would be more than the stars in the sky, so I wanted her to see just how big that was. If you check out the God’s Little Explorer’s curriculum there are a few other really cool craft projects to go along with this story as well.
Click here to visit Motherhood on a Dime, for more information on God’s Little Explorers.
What activities do you use to teach your little ones the Letter T?