We covered a variety of things for one week of Letter C doing The Peaceful Preschool curriculum and some other activities. Caps For Sale was probably the most impressionable and memorable: what a fantastic story!
C IS FOR CAMPING
|We also spent an entire week on C is for Camping — you can view that entire unit on a separate post (COMING SOON)|
|The Peaceful Preschool memory verse used “children” for letter C, so I went with that for our Bible focus. We also had Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing from the library this week to peruse and I found a fitting page in there.
“God says ‘I love you – Just Because!'” We read several stories in which Jesus interacted with children. There’s several good ones from The Jesus Storybook Bible — “How to pray” (featured in the photo), “The friend of little children”, and stories from our other children’s Bibles as well: Jesus heals Jairus’ daughter, and Jesus feeds the five thousand (the young boy supplies the bread and fish).
You can view more details about our A-Z Bible focus on this page.
*Books from The Peaceful Preschool curriculum
We also enjoyed the audiobooks for Caps For Sale and Corduroy!
Note that some things we do I don’t capture in a photo, like most of our letter formation activities: glitter glue letters (or sandpaper letters), write & wipe chalkboard, write & wipe dry erase, and salt tray.
||Reading and acting out Caps For Sale!
I painted a peddler peg doll and used wood craft buttons for “caps” in order to reenact the story and for a fine motor skill + counting + color sorting activity.
|Acting out Caps For Sale Part 2: use a Barrel of Monkeys to hang some crazy monkeys on a tree just like the story (great for fine motor skills, counting, & story reenactment). So fun!!
I stuck sticks in some play dough in the barrel so the sticks wouldn’t move.
|Forming letter C with play dough and our wood “caps” — I like the added effect of not just forming the letter out of play dough but one-by-one adding some small item to it (could be bottle caps or beads or coins).|
|Caps for Sale story reenactment with the hats: obviously we did this!|
|Coin sorting & counting tray: “Fifty cents a cap!”. When I did this with the kids the first time we counted out 50 cents in different ways and pretended to sell each other some caps (see above). I also took the time to name each coin for them while we sorted, which never occurred to me to do before for some reason. I left this on our learning shelf all week.|
|Corduroy button sorting (large, medium, small). My son (preschooler) wanted nothing to do with this but my 2 year old did it. I sat with her the first time and named each size over and over. Then I let her try it alone. It’s great for sorting decision-making but also fine motor skills.|
|We did some embroidery hoop hand sewing today to pretended to be the little girl in Corduroy. I don’t have any giant plastic buttons so I just let them hand-stitch freely to their heart’s content while we listened to the audio of the Corduroy story.|
||C is for Caps, Corduroy, and Clothing! . . .
These are my DIY Montessori Dressing Frames.
I just took old soon-to-be-given-away or beyond-hope clothing of my kids, placed an embroidery hoop around the part I wanted, and then cut up the clothing around it.
There’s velcro, a zipper, snaps, buttons (small ones from a shirt and big ones from a jacket), a buckle, and a shoelace.
I will say that while my 2 year old loves these & they keep her occupied for awhile, my 3 year old has very little interest. He also can be quite resistant to getting dressed independently anyway. My 2 year old, on the other hand, can be heard yelling “I want to do it all by myself!” all day.
||C is for Clothing:
Each kid has one drawer with clothing labels (I made these labels with photos of their actual clothing). The idea is that their clothing is 100% accessible to them and that they have limited choices. I keep the excess and off-season stuff up higher in the dresser or in a closet.
We also worked on clothes sorting & matching with our actual clothes and printed cards.
Lastly, we also did a sock pairing matching: I literally just threw every sock they have in a bin and asked them to find all the pairs. Extra enticement for learning & playing with clothes: run them through the dryer for a few minutes so they are warm & cozy!
|“She gives me cream with all her might…” (The Cow by Robert Louis Stevenson).
We read this poem and then made whipped cream (recipe via The Peaceful Preschool) by shaking a jar filled with cream & a couple of marbles for some (intense) large motor skills, practical life skills, and for a yummy treat!
|“She walks along the meadow grass / and eats the meadow flowers” (The Cow by Robert Louis Stevenson).
We picked some flowers today and the kids arranged them in a vase together. We left out a couple for them to pick the petals apart, count the petals, and to compare sizes & colors.
|We picked some clover in our yard to form in to a C|
|Chicka Chicka Boom Boom & movable alphabet fun!
I made a simple coconut tree out of construction paper.
What a great book for just some open-ended alphabet exploration (and identifying upper and lower case letters).
|For letter review this week I took all our Letter A, B, and C 3-Part cards together and had my son separate them in to separate caps.|
|C is for Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes!
There are SO MANY Letter C sweet treats to choose from: chocolate cupcakes, chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies, coconut cookies, carrot cake, etc. BUT … we got ABC Dream from the library this week and on the C page there’s a cherry chocolate cupcake and my first thought was: “Well that’s the best idea EVER!” …
So, we made chocolate cupcakes with cherry flavored frosting. The kids helped in the kitchen and ate more frosting than was necessary. If you’re interested, I typed the recipe out & it’s in PDF form here.
|Counting some cats & cupcakes after reading If You Give A Cat A Cupcake
This is not from The Peaceful Preschool curriculum, but I couldn’t pass up doing this book & some cat-related. I’ve had these Charley Harper cat stickers since Christmas and finally found a good use for them!
Basically for this I presented a bowl of cats and bowl of cupcakes and then asked them to count out ____ cats and ____ cupcakes, and then had them count the total number of cats and cupcakes.
When we were finished my 2 year old got her own version of a fine motor skill activity: she peeled all the cupcake stickers off the wood craft coins for me!
|C is for Cat craft from Simply Learning. I printed the cat C on to color cardstock (their choice), and then they put glue on the C and placed color pom poms around it. I added the cutout ears to make a cat!
This ended up being a joint endeavor because my son lost interest after about half the C — then little sister came along to happily finish!
||C is for Cat’s Colors
Color sorting items I have: these peg dolls, wood craft acorns, 1.5″ wood craft coins, tree branch discs (I cut these from a sassafras branch with a coping saw), and cards that I made with the name of each color (our color sorting tray has 12 colors).
||C is for Chalk. We made chalk paint with the beat-up leftovers of our existing chalk pile since we got a brand new box of chalk this week.
We color sorted all the pieces & then we poured each set in a separate plastic bag. I let both kids hammer it to oblivion with their toy wood hammers (I helped with a legit hammer). Then, we added the crushed pieces back into the bowls, added water, and voilà: chalk paint!
|Just a reminder that I use the Jolly Phonics Actions for going through letter sounds for each letter.
You can also find videos on YouTube of kids doing the sounds & actions!