Letters of the Month

Alphabet Magnet Match Game

As we continue to work on our letters of the month, I set my little one up with an easy letter matching game that I found on Pinterest from busytoddler.com.

Supplies Needed:

  • Cookie Sheet
  • Magnetic Letters
  • Alphabet written onto small pieces of scrap paper

This was another “free to me” activity as we had received the magnet letters that I used in this activity as a hand me down from a friend.

It is similar to this one that can be found on Amazon:

This activity did require a small amount of pre-planning as the night before I worked on writing out the alphabet on scrap paper and cutting out the pieces. I set my little one to work with an extra piece of paper to cut up with her plastic scissors while I was doing this so that she could feel like she was in on the planning and practice her fine motor skills at the same time.

Here is how I set it up:

One thing that I will change going forward is that I wrote out both uppercase and lowercase letters for her to match to her magnets. I found that this was frustrating for her as we do not own any lowercase magnets and she had more trouble recognizing the match. Next time I plan on sticking to just uppercase letters. Since this was our first time performing this activity I also made sure that I did not pick out letters to put into the pile that are more similar in appearance such as “B” and “P”.

Once again princess dress is optional during this activity.

What other activities can you think of that we could use our magnet toy for? Leave us a comment and let us know.

Letters of the Month, What We're Reading

What We’re Reading

As someone who grew up as an avid reader it is my hope to raise my daughter to be someone who loves books and learning. I had tried to encourage reading by reading to her since she was a newborn. My mother and I try to take her to the library several times a month. The public library is a great way to save money by requesting books in the topics that you are interested in. Our library receipt includes a “you saved” portion just like Kohl’s or similar retailors. Per our last library receipt we saved over $370 dollars by checking out books from the library instead of purchasing them.

Here is the list of books that we have checked out so far this month to correspond with our letters of the month.

A Books

1. The Ants Go Marching (the large book) from the publisher Child’s Play. We loved this version as the extra large size made it easier for her to count the ants. It also has fun cut outs on the pages that she likes to stick her fingers through.

2. Baby Alligator by Ginger L Clarke

3. The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall

4. Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins

5. There’s an Alligator Under My Bed by Mercer Mayer

6. How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman

7. Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator by Mo Willems

8. Are You an Ant? by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries

9. Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

10. Acorn to Oak Tree by Lisa Herrington

11. Zack’s Alligator by Shirley Mozelle

12. Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss

13. Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose

14. ABC T-Rex by Bernard Most

B Books

1. Blueberries for the Queen by John and Katherine Paterson

2. Bam Boom by Guido van Genechten. This one has been an instant hit in our house due to the fact that it includes press here buttons for each animal’s instrumentals. From a mom perspective it’s great as you can turn it on and off on the back.

3. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. This book has also become a favorite at story time. We will act out the action likely splashing through the river. We have read this over and over since bringing it home.

4. Bunny’s Noisy Book by Margaret Wise Brown

Do you have any suggestions for other books we may enjoy? Leave us a comment and let us know.

Letters of the Month, Uncategorized

New Year, New Learning

So, as this New Year starts we decided as a family to try some new things. One thing we decided to do was to focus our home activities a little bit more. So to start simple we decided we would do “Letters of the Month” at home to reinforce the things our little one has been learning at daycare and to help her learn the alphabet. So if interested follow along with us this year as we do our year of the alphabet. We decided to start with A and B because why not start at the beginning? The first activity we did was to make A and B art to hang on the refrigerator so we could review the letters whenever we were in the kitchen.

Trying to keep things simple I wrote out both an A and a B and let her decorate them with her Do-A-Dot markers. If your not familiar you can check them out here:https://www.amazon.com/Art-Markers-Rainbow-Washable-Original/dp/B00004W3Y4

They look like this and can be used to color if your child slides them or used to make circles if they just push down on them. They have been a hit in our house for about the last year. ThriftyFloridaMom tip I have found them on clearance at TJ Maxx and Homegoods for $6 to $8 dollars less than Amazon.

So after I set everything up I instructed her to “dot the A” and let her go to town.

After finishing the B I had her go through her letters magnets and find the corresponding magnets to hang her letters on the refrigerator. As we had all the items (paper, markers, alphabet magnets) already at home this was a free to me project.

What are your favorite ways to teach the alphabet at home? Share with us in the comments below.