OCT
11
2009

Prek Letter C

Hi everyone, I’m excited to post my next letter, Letter C, we will be having fun with Caterpillars! We had a lot of fun with this one, hopefully you all will too :)

Letter C Memory Verse:
Children obey your parents in the Lord; for this is right. Ephesians 6:1

For our verses and accompanying games/stories we use the following books:
ABC Memory Verses & My ABC Bible Verses

Read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and put up the letter C on our Alphabet Tree! You can download my small alphabet letters here.

Song time:
Hide ‘Em in Your Heart Vol 1
Hide ‘Em In Your Heart Songs – Vol 2

Letter C lacing Caterpillar, you can download him here! I printed him, laminated it, cut it out and hole punched him!

Letter C Scavenger Hunt: Have your child take one of their workboxes, or a basket and fill it with objects that begin with the letter “C”.

Letter C Tracing: I laminate this then use with Expo Dry Erase Markers for pre-writing practice skills.

Caterpillar Dice Game. You can either use a number die, or a dot die. I made 2 boards also, one without numbers and one with. The one without numbers, I will have her roll the die and move that many spots. The ones with numbers I’ll have her roll the die and move to the next spot with that number on it. I got this idea from the Melissa Renfro’s Bug Race! I included small disks for game pieces, but you could also use bingo markers, beans, or whatever you have. Also, instead of using this game with dice, you can just ask questions like what does the “A” say, and if they are right they get to move one space. Its a fun way to review phonics too! You can download my Caterpillar Dice Game here!

Color matching and upper/lowercase matching caterpillar puzzles. Since the capital C and lowercase c are bascially the same, I just added them to the color puzzles. I printed it, laminted it then cut the caterpillars out then cut them in half. You can download this puzzle here!

Caterpillar magnet page. I love these magnets from Amazon, they stick well, but are not too strong, and they have a little lip that makes for easy grabbing. I use these magnets from Amazon: 100 Pcs Power Magnets. You can download the magnet page here!

Caterpillar Clip Cards: Since the pumpkin clip cards worked so well, I made some caterpillar ones as well. I got the mini-clips from Wal-mart craft section, but she also has colorful paperclips she uses as well. Really you could use anything, even bingo markers or beans, etc. Just put the correct amount on the card based on the number. You can download the caterpillar cards here!

A fun caterpillar puzzle. I laminated and cut into as many pieces as my prek can handle! You can download the caterpillar puzzle here.

A fun size sorting game, I have her put the correct size caterpillar on the game board, but you could also have them put the sizes in order from big to small, or small to big. You can download my size sorting game here!

Caterpillar pattern activity, my husband informed me that I really needed to put on another yellow caterpillar and another red one on the bottom two grids to show that the pattern repeats at that point, so I apologize, you may have to help your child with this one…I’ll do better next time LOL! For what its worth you can download it here!

I love these letter matching disks. I printed the letter template from Tot School’s blog, (she used milk bottle caps, but I didn’t have that many, so I just glued them to 1.5″ wooden disks from Michael’s.) You can download my caterpillar card here.

C Do A Dot Page: I made this worksheet to be used with Dot-A-Dot Markers, or you could also color this in, or even glue cotton balls to it! You can download it here!

Graphing cards : they cards go from 1-10. You can have your kids put bingo dots on the squares, beans, cheerios, m&ms;, whatever. I usually laminate it then have her color the boxes in with a dry erase marker. You can download the caterpillar graphing cards here!

Counting Caterpillars, Put the number cards in the box, then have them count that many caterpillars to place on the leaf. You can download it here!

Caterpillar number order! I laminated then cut out the circles, and will have her put the caterpillar pieces in numerical order. Per reader request, (I updated this file to include numbers 1-20.) You can download the caterpillar number game here!

Letter C lacing cards, I print these on cardstock then laminate for durability, then use shoe laces or yarn for lacing. You can download my A-Z Lacing cards here.

A Simple Crab Maze from Kumon’s Easy Maze book. They also have harder mazes.

Letter Collage Worksheets: The download includes letters A-Z as well as a collage idea sheet. We use the collage items as objects to decorate our letters for an alphabet book. We also color, paint, and stamp them. Since we use both upper and lowercase, I have provided both for you! Click here to download the Letter Collages:

Gigantic Floor Caterpillar: I put them all out on the floor and call out numbers and she has to hop to the correct number. You can download the Large Floor Caterpillar Circles here. I printed this on cardstock and then laminated for durability! If you prefer the traditional 1-10 rectangle cards, you can download them here.

Letter C Coloring Page: You can paint or color this with markers, crayons, colored pencils, anything you like!

Finally some literature that will be fun:

And of course we have to finish off with The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I made a fun graphing sheet that they can fill out as you read the story, you can download the graph sheet here.

I also made lacing cards for the story as well. I punched holes in all the pieces then tied a piece of yarn to the caterpillar. As you read the story they lace on the items he eats. At the end they lace on the cocoon. I have them put the whole thing in a bag that I say is the cocoon, I put it behind my back and switch the bag out for another one containing the butterfly. After we discuss what happens to the caterpillar, I give them back their bag and let them reach inside and pull out the butterfly. They LOVE this! You can download the Hungry Caterpillar cards here!

We finished up with an caterpillar craft for fun. Did you know Caterpillars have 12 eyes? We were planning on an egg carton caterpillar, but did these instead. Use large popsicle sticks and glue pom-poms to it, pipe cleaner antennae, eyes and sparkles!

We glued cotton balls onto a letter C to make it into a Caterpillar:

Family Fun Night: I’m sure for our fun food we’ll have to do something like Cookies and watch Clifford or Care Bears. I suggested Chicken and Math Circus, but that didn’t go over so well LOL!

More Letter C Reading:
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Comments

  1. Wow.That pretty much sums it up. Amazing job!!!! :)Jolanthe

  2. Wow! Tons of great resources! Thanks for sharing.

  3. These are so cute! You did a marvelous job…What a wonderfully gifted lady you are.BlessingsLori

  4. Wow! Great work! Can't wait to use them!

  5. Just speechless. Genius! Pure genius! Keep your wonderful ideas coming, I love it!

  6. Thanks everyone, your comments are encouraging!

  7. just curious…does it work better to print those magnet expo pages on plain paper or cardstock?

  8. I print the magnet pages on card-stock then laminate for durability. I did run out of card-stock and laminated plain copy paper and it works okay too. I wouldn't necessarily print on plain paper without laminating though, as I think it would tear too easily…well if you care about keeping it for any length of time!

  9. Your caterpillar unit is pretty amazing. Thanks so much for sharing your work.

  10. You are amazing. SO MANY great ideas, thank you so much for sharing them with us! I'll be sure to link back to you when I re-create some of them myself!

  11. That is awesome~!! I am super impressed.

  12. Thank you so much! I just found you through Homeschool Creations, and I'm so impressed! I am having to be very creative with my 4 year old as I simply cannot call anything educational "school." He's very bright and can count to 100 and is able to write most of his letters, so I'm not stressing too much, but I'm gonna be visiting yours and Jolanthe's sites more often!!

  13. Hi! Thanks so much for the time you take to share these ideas! They really are awesome! My girls have loved the ones I have done with them! I'm new to blogs, just becoming familair, and I visit yours probably the most. (smile) I hope that these resources will be available for a long time. They don't delete to make more space or after a certain amount of time, do they???One other question, are you doing the letters in order or are you skipping around? How much time do you typically spend on a letter, on average? Okay, that's two questions. Haha. Thanks again!!

  14. Hi, I typically spend a week per letter. And, no, the downloads don't expire…so far I'm good on space and 4shared just gave all their free member a christmas gift of 10GB free space! Yipee!

  15. You have a great site! Thank you so much for sharing.

  16. Thanks for your blog, great ideas and activities. My daughter has just started Prep and she was over ready for school, but my 3 year old son isn't as ready and I'm primary school trained but not early childhood so looking for ideas to do with Dominic at home. Thanks again.

  17. I love, love, love your ideas. I am using several with my kiddos in the morning. Linked back to you here. Your print outs are so colorful and cover such a broad range of skills. I'm excited for morning school time!

  18. Anonymous says:

    I can not find the "C" coloring page. Is it here and I don't see it? I ordered your CD and it does not seem to be there either. I do see it mentioned in the lesson plans. Thanks! Terry H.

  19. Anonymous: Sorry, it looks like I didn't make a letter C coloring page. Sorry about that, I'll either add one or update the lesson plans!

  20. Wow, I'm very impressed with the wide range of resources you have produced for your letters. I hope you don't mind but I have included a link to this page on my blog to fit in with some stuff I did to go with the hungry caterpillar book. As always I like to give credit where it is due and you sure deserve it! You can check it out here

  21. I am a first grade public school teacher, and I absolutely LOVE how fun you make learning! Thank you so very much for sharing your wonderful ideas. I can tell you are an amazing and creative teacher. I will be visiting often to get more ideas! **Sarah**www.firstgraderatlast.blogspot.com

  22. Loving these… my daughter is ready to start some alphabet work this year (3 1/2). I'm working on downloading the letters I'll need for our first few weeks.For the floor numbers… I would really love the regular rectangle ones so she can count first and then identify the numeral, as she doesn't know her numerals yet. Unfortunately, both links take you to the same circle floor caterpillar! If you get the chance to upload the rectangular ones for C, I would love that. Thanks!

  23. Mama Games: Sorry about that the rectangle card link is fixed! Thanks for letting me know :)

  24. Hi! Your stuff is amazing! I'm so glad I ran across your blog. I've put a link on my blog back to this for our "Letter C" at http://todowithtoddler.blogspot.comThanks so much!

  25. Wow is just the only word for it. Great stuff! Thank you!!!

  26. Thank you so much for all of these amazing printables! You are saving me so much time! I've been trying to print off the caterpillar lacing card, but it keeps saying that the file is invalid….am I doing something incorrect? Thanks for your help!

  27. Izzie: When you click on one of my download links it will bring you to the http://www.4shared.com site. Then you click the BIG BLUE button that says “Download Now”. You have to wait for the little countdown clock to get to zero and where the clock is it will turn into another link that says “Download file now”. Click that and then you should get a gray pop-up window that asks if you want to “SAVE” or “Open”. Make sure to select “SAVE” that way the file get’s saved to your computer’s hard drive. Some computers will ask you where you want to save it to , mine automatically saves it in a folder called downloads under my username, so like below: C:/documents and settings/users/Erica/documents/downloads

  28. I was trying to get to the size sorting game with the cute small, medium, and large caterpillars, but the link says it is not valid.Please let me know if you have this somewhere else. I am really wanting to work on understanding the different sizes and this looks like such a good introduction to that process.

  29. First of all, I ABOSLUTELY LOVE what you have done here. It is completely amazing!! I noticed when I tried to download the C Scavenger Hunt page it said that the link was broken. Any chance you could fix it?

  30. Erica, thank you for sharing these wonderful ideas and your printables. They are such so gorgeous. I’m really looking forward to doing them with my three young children.

    My son told me today I was the best mommy in the whole wide world (we were talking about the activities I have been doing with he and his sisters) and I ‘corrected’ him and said I was maybe one of many, as there are other mommies out there who do wonderful things for their children too. I was thinking of mums like you. What a wonderful gift your children have to have you as their mother!!

  31. Erica, thank you for sharing these wonderful ideas and your printables. They are just so gorgeous. I’m really looking forward to doing them with my three young children.

    My son told me today I was the best mommy in the whole wide world (we were talking about the activities I have been doing with he and his sisters) and I ‘corrected’ him and said I was maybe one of many, as there are other mommies out there who do wonderful things for their children too. I was thinking of mums like you. What a wonderful gift your children have to have you as their mother!!

  32. I LOVE your website! I have used many of your worksheets/crafts. You have amazing talent. Recently I have been unable to download your letters, as I have in the past. The page sends me to a page where I have to purchase a download. Is there something else I can do to download your free educational sheets?

    JJones

  33. Such awesome ideas – you are a real source of inspiration. I have 4 children boys (11, 10,8) and a little girl who just turned 4. It’s been quite challenging to go back in time and do all the “little” child activities again. I have to remind myself that though her vocabulary is of a young adult (LOL) she really needs to get down to basics. This is a lovely post thank you!

  34. You are absolutely an amazing woman with great ideas and talent. I look forward to all your great ideas and giveaways. You are a great inspiration to my homeschooling days. Thank you!!!

  35. Just fell on your website looking for ideas for my preschool! OH MY!!! How am I ever going to choose what to do with them with all these wonderful, amazing ideas of yours! I guess I will put the $10 download on my “to buy” list for school! hmm maybe I will just splurge and get the CD for safe keeping.. thanks for sharing all your hardwork with us!

  36. Oh my gosh! These are all such great ideas! Thank you so much! I’m a first time homeschooling mom, so any help would be appreciated. Since I am homeschooling my kindergarten age daughter, I thought I might take your Caterpillar Dice Game and turn the blank one into the spelling of the word “caterpillar”. Hope you don’t mind. I also love the letter matching disks. They both would be great for reading readiness, and to use those disks for future words too. Thanks again and God bless!

  37. I have tried to download several of your printables from 4shared over the past two days, and all of the links come up invalid :(

  38. Hello, I have tried to download the letter C items with no luck. Help! =(

  39. Hello, I too am trying to download the Hungry Catipillar activities with no luck :(

  40. I’m trying to download the Very Hungry Caterpillar graph and lacing activity, but when I click the links, it says the files are invalid. It also takes me to a page with about 6 different download buttons to choose and each one asks me to install a different program. I don’t know which to choose and I really don’t want a ton of programs, possibly malicious, on my computer. Are the links broken?

    Thank you!

  41. I tried to download the Hungry Caterpillar graphing too with no success. Like Nyla said, there were a ton of download buttons and when searching it says the files are invalid. Is there another place where these documents can be viewed and downloaded? Thanks!

  42. I am having issues downloading the documents as well. I did click on the big blue Download button, but he keeps trying to have me download the iLivid program over and over without allowing me to download the Letter of the Week pdfs. Help!

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