Welcome to the Letter J. Since we’re nearing Christmas, I wanted to focus on the reason for the season: Jesus! Hope you enjoy it!
Letter J Memory Verse:
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life…” John 14:6
Click here to download the verse puzzle. (Note: I use this with my 2nd grader, not prek)
Jesus Coloring Page: We color this, paint it, or use markers. I found some that fit my 3 year old well, they’re called Pip-Squeaks Washable Markers. They’re shorter and easier for her to use. These pictured are chubby markers, they also make a skinny version. I got mine at Wal-mart.
Jesus Writing Practice
J Scavenger Hunt: Fill the box with things that start with J! Some ideas: jar, junk mail, jelly beans.
Jesus Puzzle: Cut along the guides for a fun 6 piece beginner’s puzzle!
Jesus Pattern Activity: Just use the pieces to practice pre-math pattern skills.
J Pre-Writing Skills: I laminate this and use with a dry-erase marker for pre-writing practice skills. You can also print this in grayscale and use for more scissor skills practice!
Jesus Magnet Page: I use it with a cookie sheet and these pom-pom magnets I made from pom-poms and self-sticky magnets from the craft isle in Wal-mart. I also use these magnets from Amazon: Power Magnets, 0.75 inch Diameter, Assorted Colors
Jesus Letter Matching: These cards are to be used with the wooden letter disks please Click here to see the process of making the letters. If you’re looking for more challenge, use the uppercase card with the lowercase letter disks or visa versa! (The download includes both upper and lowercase letter disks as well as activity cards)
(Please note, the original idea for this game came from Tot School and Carisa’s blog. )
Jesus Lacing Card: I make sure to laminate this one for durability, then punch with a hole punch every inch or so for lacing practice. Teach them patterns to do with this as well, like up from the bottom each time, or in-out-in-out sewing. Whatever pattern you can think of.
Capital/Lowercase Jj sorting: Simple, just sort the uppercase and lowercase letters.
Jesus Graphing: I laminate this and then have them either color in the dots with dry-erase marker, or put bingo markers on it. You could also use the little stars I provided in the Jesus Number Cards game below.
J Do-A-Dot Worksheet: We use Do-a-Dot Art Markers with this!
Jesus Cut and Paste: This is a new one, (Your child may need help cutting some of the smaller pieces) Cut out and glue onto blue construction paper. Decorate with a star stamp in the sky, or cotton balls for clouds! You can also add yarn on the floor for hay!
Jesus Counting Cards: I use these with either mini-clothes pins, colored paper clips, or put a hole in them and have her attach chain links to them. This time I made little stars to put on the cards. Whatever you use, just have them put on the correct amount for the number on the card. These are also good for putting in numerical order.
Jesus Color Puzzles: I cut these little guys out then cut them in half in as many interesting ways as I could think of to make tiny color matching puzzles. I included in pg2 of this download the color words on a grid as well, so you can have them match the correct color to the word.
J Color Matching: Just cut out the small j’s and have them match the dots to the correct color bottom half! (Quick Tip: I used a 1 1/8″ circle punch to punch out the dots on the j’s)
11 x 11 Pin Geoboard: We use these to make letters, numbers, shapes etc!
Finger Tracing Paint Bag: This is simple and fun, I filled a bag with tempura paint, you could also use cheap shaving cream. Then I’ll tape it to her desk for her to practice writing her D and d in using her finger. You could also skip the bag and put shaving cream on your counter if you’re feeling brave ;o) After we do the letters we do numbers, shapes, and whatever else we can think of!
Foam Letter Builders: I cut the shapes from foam and let her use them to make the letters. You could also use my Magnetic Letter Builders as well!
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:
Color Cubes: I found a new use for our Large Alphabet Lacing Cards! First we traced the letters with her finger, then we used our 1″ building blocks to make the letter D and d. She also picked 2 colors of blocks and did a pattern as she made her letters! We also use them for lacing practice, but this was a new variation since I’ve been making the shaped lacing cards too!
Jesus Letter Bead Lacing: I’ll put an index card in this box with the word ‘Jesus’ so she knows the order of the letters. I got my lacing beads from Lakeshore Learning but these look more fun to me: Bead Bazaar Lacing Kits – Alphabet Lacing Kit
Felt Nativity Scene: My kids love this and play with it year round! Sadly, we don’t have a ‘real’ felt board, I just got some cheap black felt and are you ready? Yes, used duct tape to tape it to the back of a piece of board LOL! They free play, or set up the scene as you read to them!
Letter Hunt: I created some Letter Hunt worksheets that you can download.
Family Fun Night: Have some bread with Jam.