Teaching my toddler the letter A ended up being really fun. I was nervous since she is only two-how much would she be able to do or understand. I think kids have the capacity to learn more than we might think though. This week we read books and found A’s on the cover of each book, had some fun activities and even made a special treat. It was so fun to watch her learn and to see how proud she was when she could spot a letter A.
The Letter A Booklist
For this booklist I wanted to search for books that she would enjoy reading together and that the main character’s name or subject of the book started with the letter A.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst- Oh Alexander. I love this book because I can totally relate to Alexander, some days are just terrible, horrible, no good, and very bad. I also love that when my daughter wants to read this books she says “terrible, terrible, smhee smaa bad day.”
Arthur (series) by Marc Brown- I love Arthur. It was my favorite show growing up and I watched it well past when everyone at school decided it was not cool to watch it anymore. Of course I didn’t admit it. I still love it and the books are great. Arthur Writes a Story is one of my favorites, I remember that episode so clearly.
Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish- I also loved Amelia Bedelia growing up. I remember reading it as a child and thinking it was so funny how so took things so literally. This classic is definitely one to share with children.
Angelina Ballerina by Katharine Holabird-This book makes me so happy. I love how Angelina’s parents support her love of dancing, despite the initial distraction that it seems to be, and how when they allow her to do what she loves, all the previous struggles dissipate. It is such a good message for parents and children alike.
Ten Apples Up On Top by Dr. Seuss- I have a very specific memory of reading this book in a car with my cousins, it is funny how we hold on to memories like that. This is a fun and silly book with lots of apples to point out.
Applesauce Season by Eden Ross Lipson- This was the perfect book for our activity this week. I also love how the theme of family traditions comes through in this book, because I feel like creating traditions for my family is so important.
Apples for Everyone by Jill Esbaum- This non-fiction book takes us into a behind-the-scenes look into the life and growth of an apple. My daughter really loved it so it was fun to read together.
Apples and Robins by Lucie Felix- This book is just gorgeous. I love the pictures and the simple creativity behind each scene. I highly recommend checking this book out.
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman- What do you do when you want to make an apple pie and the market is closed? The obvious answer is to see the world. This is a great story that takes you on that adventure, and a great activity to accompany this book would be to make an apple pie!
The Letter A Printables
Have you seen these do-a-dot markers. I first used them at my local library and thought they were great. They were a little tricky to find (although you can always get everything on amazon), but I finally ordered ours through Wal-Mart and just picked them up in store. The markers make a dot on the page. So for this activity I made a little worksheet with the letter A and my daughter was able to fill in all the dots with the marker. She loved it!
Fair warning, when they are brand new getting the paint to come out the first time takes some work, so you might want to get it going before you give it to your child.
You can download the Do A Dot A page here.
I have also created a little flash card with the letter A and an apple that we hang next to our ABC poster. You can download it here (and get a sneak peek at the letter B).
The Letter A Activity
For each activity I wanted to have an accompanying book. Apples were an obvious good choice so I thought about making Apple Pie and reading How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, but my daughter is a little young to really help so I decided to keep it simple. When I found the book Applesauce Season, I thought making applesauce was really doable. It is such a cute book about a family tradition of making applesauce all throughout fall.
After reading this story we headed down to the kitchen to chop apples and make our very own batch of applesauce. I used an easy crockpot applesauce recipes from the Against All Grains cookbook. I did the chopping while my daughter ate slices of apples and told me “good job mama.” Then she helped me put all our apples in the crockpot as well as measure out some lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon and water. She helped me stir it all together and we set it on low for 6 hours. Throughout the day we went to check on how our applesauce was doing. Finally we used an immersion blender to make the applesauce and ate a cup immediately. Warm applesauce is delicious, and it made our home smell amazing. It really was the perfect little activity.
So far our little preschool has been so fun. I love watching my daughter learn.
Can you think of any books you would add to my booklist? I am on the hunt for a really great book about airplanes. What other activities might you do? I’d love to hear!
Next week we will be learning about The Letter B. I am also working on a little lesson about Fall.