Monday, February 18, 2013

Letter T Week

Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr Seuss
Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr
Ten Wriggly Wiggly Caterpillars by Debbie Tarbett (many similar titles to this available at stores like Walmart, Kmart, and Target)
Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews
How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten? by Jane Yolen
Ten Terrible Dinosaurs by Paul Stickland
Ten Tiny Tickles by Karen Katz
Ten Tiny Babies by Karen Katz
Ten in Bed (our favorite version is by David Ellwand)
Ten Little Mummies by Philip Yates
Ten Little Fish by Qudrey Wood
Ten Nine Eight by Molly Bang
The Tenth Good Thing about Barney by Judith Viorst*
Listen to My Trumpet by Mo Willems
Tools by Miura Taro
The Toolbox by Anne F Rockwell
I Love Tools! by Philemon Sturges
Trains by Byron Barton
A Train Goes Clickety-Clack by Jonathan London
Stop, Train, Stop! : A Thomas the Tank Engine Story by Wilbert Awdry
Curious George Takes a Train by Margret Rey
Maisy's Train by Lucy Cousins
Freight Train by Donald Crews
I Love Trains! by Philemon Sturges
Fancy Nancy: Tea for Two by Jane O'Connor
Tea Time by Karen Rostoker-Gruber
I'm a Little Tea Pot (various versions)
Ruby's Tea for Two by Rosemary Wells
The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judirth Kerr

*A quick word about The Tenth Good Thing about Barney.  It is a book about the death of a pet.  This book does not dance around the subject, but is very directly written to help children understand death.  So know that going into it.  BUT its a very good idea to expose your child to books about sensitive subjects BEFORE you encounter them in the real world.  Doing so gives them a tiny bit of context and allows them some familiarity with texts designed to help them cope.  Don't wait until there is a death to read this book. 

Idea Words:
I avoided "th" words since they don't sound the same as T on its own.  

time, talk, train, tall, take, tooth, tiger, tractor, tea, table, tool, tuna, tune, tell, text, telephone, TV, Tiana (Disney Princess), toy, two, ten, twenty, tiara, tap, type, tuba, trombone, trumpet, triangle, tricycle, tutu, triceratops, T-rex, track

T is one of the letters Natalie learned on her own a long time ago, so I took this opportunity to focus on the word ten and give her more exposure to numerals 0-9.  We mostly did this through our book choices.

At the top you saw one of my favorite letter crafts.  We turned T into a tiger wearing a tutu!

I finally have tons of magnets for the magnet sheets, but they are so powerful that Natalie is afraid they will pinch her fingers, so she doesn't really like that activity anymore.  Hoping to use Do-a-Dots and other manipulatives more over the next few weeks.  

We made a T out of playdoh.  We also played with dinosaur tracks and wrapping them in playdoh. Something we didn't do that would be cool is to write a T in the playdoh using the dino tracks.

These are all the items in the bin laid out. 
Printable from Make Learning Fun. 

Those are some pretty good looking T's!  She did this all on her own!

Put the train cars in order.  She did awesome with this, much better than a few months ago.  Might do it again and put the correct number of buttons on each car as freight. 

Letter T Playlist:

As part of working on the numerals 1- 10, we watched Sesame Street's The Great Numbers Game.  We own the DVD, but you can watch it on YouTube in three parts.

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