Monday, November 24, 2014

Letter C Week: William Edition (Work in Progress)

This week, I've made an effort to consistently point out titles and authors to William.  Of particular interest is when we read a book by a favorite author, and sometimes we'll even read the author bio on the back flap of the jacket, especially if it has a cool picture.  The title page is a great place to point to review letters because it doesn't interrupt the flow of the story. 

Last week, we read Biscuit, which of course William loved because he is very into dogs right now.  Natalie is currently learning to read and excited to read a book to us each night.  Biscuit is just beyond her grasp right now, but it got me thinking that each week I will try to find a book for her to read to us featuring the letter of the week.  We have some Disney's Cars level 1 readers, so I'll check those out as well as the Rigby reader section at the library. 

I'm a Caterpillar by Jean Marzollo
Ten Wriggly, Wiggly Caterpillars by Debbie Tarbett (Also 1-10 counting)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr
Cinderella (Little Golden Book)
Disney's Cars (many title choices)
My Car by Byron Barton
Cars Galore by Peter Stein
How Made this Cake? by Chihiro Nakagawa
Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells
Cupcake by Charise Mericle Harper
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Splat the Cat series by Rob Scotton
My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes by Eve Sutton
My Cat Just Sleeps by Joanne Partis
Top Cat by Lois Elhert
Cat's Colors by Jane Cabrera
Crictor by Tomi Ungerer
Circle Dogs by Kevin Henkes
Clifford by Norman Bridwell
Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day
The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
Cookie's Week by Cindy Ward
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
Little Cloud by Eric Carle
Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld

Key words:
car, cat, caterpillar, candy, cookie, cake, cupcake, circle, cloud

Sadly, we did letter C the week of Thanksgiving, so while we had already started talking about Christmas, it was too confusing too talk about it too much with another major holiday that week. 

Cars, Cinderella, CP3O, Chewbacca, Cookie Monster, Clifford, Copper (The Fox and the Hound)

Letter C Playlist:
This is our letter C playlist.

Full Alphabet Books:
A B C Kids by Simon Basher
Star Wars ABC
ABC of Cookies (Sesame Street)
Eating the Alphabet by Lois Elhert
Max's ABC by Rosemary Wells (features ants!)
Kipper's A to Z by Mick Inkpen
Shiver Me Letters by June Sobel
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

Here is our full alphabet playlist.  

This week for letter bin, Natalie helped me find many of the C items around the house.  She struggled a bit differentiating hard C and K sounds. 

 Games / Apps:
Super Why Alphabet Adventures.    This was perfect for us.  William enjoyed the four alphabet song videos, as well as Woofster's tracing game with the bones and paw prints and Pig's game finding the letters and taking their picture.  The other games were harder for him because they involved a stronger knowlegde of letter sounds and Super Why's game involved greater fine motor control. Cookie Monster's Alphabet soup. Elmo's Keyboard-o-rama

I'll highlight the ones he really enjoyed this week.   

  • Read books.  (see above)
  • Play games/apps on computer or tablet. (see above)
  • Trace letter with manipulatives (rocks, buttons, pom poms, cereal pieces, etc), stickers, or Do-a-Dot markers
  • Magnet pages
  • Playdoh.  
  • Watch playlists.  (We did this every morning before watching any other TV).
  • Sing alphabet song
  • Tracing letters with a finger in books
  • Finding letters in environmental print
  • Alphabet stampers
  • Play with toys from letter bin.  (Cats riding in cars).
  • Tracing sheets
  • Lacing cards
  • Puzzles.  I had some paper ones that made a simple picture with one sentence featuring the letter.  He also enjoy a full alphabet puzzles, both upper and lower.  
  • Hand print animals
  • Lego letters
  • Painting over taped off letters
  • Rubbings 
  • Matching.  Matching same case or different cases.   We can use magnet letters for this or print outs.  
  • Watch letter related movies.  

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