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BLAST Early Learning
Now I Know My ABC's

Books:

The Sleepy Little Alphabet
by Judy Sierra; illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Sleepy letters of the alphabet get ready for bed.

 

Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming
A mouse works his way through the alphabet as he folds the "F," measures the "M," and rolls the "R."

 

Open-ended Questions for The Sleepy Little Alphabet

  • What did “N” do that was naughty?
  • After reading, which letter would you most like to be?
 

Game:

Letter Sounds Game

Show 2 cards with different letters on them, and then say a sentence, asking the students if they can figure out which one is the magic letter.  For example, show “Bb” and Ff” and say the following sentence: “Betty blew a big blue bubble.”

Other sample sentences:
“Devon drew dogs and dragons.”
“Fancy Fran followed four fluffy fawns.”
“Gary gulped gallons of green Gatorade.”
“Harry hit his head hard.”
“John juggled jars of jellybeans.”
“Penny peeled a potato and popped popcorn.”
“Zion zigzagged past the zoo’s zebras.”

 

Activity :

Sing, stomp, rap, or clap the alphabet.  Whatever you do, keep the students moving and engaged.  The more variety you involve, the more you help students with different learning styles.

 

Vocabulary Word:

naughty: n.  misbehaving or mischievous
“m is mopey, n is naughty.”
(taken from The Sleepy Little Alphabet by Judy Sierra; illustrated by Melissa Sweet)

 

Activities:

Magic Letters
Using a white crayon or wax candle, draw a large letter on a piece of white paper.  Let the students paint the page with watercolors to see which letter magically appears.

Mosaic Letters
Look for large letters in magazines and newspapers.  Cut out letters in square shapes.  Set out a pile of these letters and let your child make a letter mosaic picture. 
Variation: Look for only one specific letter and let your child make a collage of this letter.

Letter Concentration

  • Pick six or seven letters that your child is familiar with and print the letters on two cards, each.
    Mix up the cards.
  • Then turn the cards face down on a table.
  • Take turns with your child, turning over two cards.
  • When you have a match, you get to keep the card set.
  • If you do not have a match when you turn over two cards, you must turn them back over and lose your turn.
  • It is important to remember where each letter was when turning over cards.
  • The person with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.

Flashlight Letters

  • Get a flashlight and turn off the lights in a room with your children.
  • Using the flashlight, “draw” giant letters on a wall.
  • Have your child name the letters that you make.

 

 

Literature:

Alphabet Rescue
by Audrey Wood ; illustrated by Bruce Wood
While on vacation in Alphabet City, Little e and the other lowercase letters repair an old fire truck and come to the rescue when a fire engulfs the letter-making factory.

 

The Turn-around, Upside-down Alphabet Book
by Lisa Campbell Ernst
An alphabet book in which each letter becomes three different objects as the book is turned different directions, as when A becomes a bird's beak, a drippy ice cream cone, and the point of a star.

 

Alphabet Adventure
by Audrey Wood ; illustrated by Bruce Wood
On their way to school, the little letters of the alphabet have to rescue little "i" and then find his dot before they can proceed.

 

The Hidden Alphabet
by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
An alphabet book in which windows open to reveal the letters hidden within each picture.