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05
2010

Prek Letter A

Welcome to the Letter A where we’ll be having fun with Ants!

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Letter A Memory Verse:

All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7

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 A on our Alphabet Tree! You can download my small alphabet letters here.

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

Songs for Saplings

Ant Number Matchup!This game is for counting practice. Cut out each ant card, then cut them in half separating the body part with the number from the part with the dots. Have your child match up the cards by matching the number of dots to the card with the appropriate number on it.

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Ant Shape Puzzles: Simply cut these little ants in half for fun shape matching puzzles. Make sure to discuss each shape as you go!

Aa Do-A-Dot Page:We use Do-a-Dot Art Markers with this!

 

Ant Letter match: This is not only a color puzzle game, but also a capital/lowercase letter matching game, simply print out and cut the ants in half for a matching game.

 

Letter A Lacing Card: You can download my alphabet lacing cards here

 

Roll An Anthill! Roll the die and place the piece of the puzzle indicated by the number rolled. Its a fun way to practice number recognition skills! I like these fun Giant Soft Dice.

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Ant Hill Counting: Here is our Anthill counting game, the goal being to put the correct amount of ants on the hill based on what the card says. You can download it here!

 

Ant 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, we also use Do-a-Dot Art Markers with this!

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Letter Poking Page: I found this fun idea on Activity Mom. Instead of tracing, we are going to use a toothpick, or we have these cute Oversized Push Pins, to poke holes through the paper in the shape of the letter. Print on regular paper for easier poking, and do this one on carpet :) Another idea would be to hole punch along the lines of the letter as well. Both work on motor skills!
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Aa Tracing Card:This is new, I made it for kiddos who aren’t quite ready for my pre-writing or writing practice books. Its large and easier to trace. You could use markers, or laminate and use with Expo Dry Erase Markers
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Ant Size Sort:Put these in order small to big or big to small then discuss which is largest, smallest and medium.
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Letter A Scavenger Hunt: Fill the box with things that start with A! Some ideas: apple, acorn, avocado, ant.
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Ant Puzzle: Cut along the guides for a fun 6 piece beginner’s puzzle!
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Ant Magnet Page: I use this 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, 0.78 inch Diameter, Assorted Colors
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Ant 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.
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Capital/Lowercase Aa sorting:A simple letter identification game, just sort out the attached uppercase and lowercase letters.
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Ant Graphing: I laminate this and then have them either color in the dots with Expo Dry Erase Markers, or put bingo markers or little valentine heart candies on it.

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Ant Floor Numbers: I made these large floor numbers so that we can play a hopscotch type game. I call out a number and she jumps to it! You could also have them put the cards in numerical order. The number cards go from 1-10.
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Ant Cutting Practice: Simple print and let your child try cutting along the lines!
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11 x 11 Pin Geoboard: We use these to make letters, numbers, shapes etc!

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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!

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 letter on 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! (Pretend like the G on the bag below is an A)

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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:

 

 

 

 

Apple math file folder game downloaded from File Folder Fun

 

Color Cubes: I use our Large Alphabet Lacing Cards to serve as templates for our 1″ building blocks. We pick 2 colors of blocks and do a pattern as we form the letters! We also use them for lacing practice, but this was a variation since I’ve been making the shaped lacing cards too! Click here for more fun with Creative Color Cube Activity Cards

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Letter Bead Lacing: I’ll put an index card in this box with the word “ant” 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

Play Balloon Volleyball: A good friend of mine over at 7renfros suggested a fun game called “Balloon volleyball”, its basically a toddler-friendly version of regular volleyball. Kids take turns batting a balloon up in the air, with the goal of trying to keep it off the ground as it floats downward. You can shout out words that start with the letter “A” each time you hit the balloon! Thanks Melissa, great idea!

Letter Identification: Pick out the letter “A” and “a” from the others using Magnetic Alphabet Letters and whiteboard:

Letter Hunt: I created some Letter Hunt worksheets that you can download.
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Kumon ABCs Uppercase Write & Wipe Flash Cards, they also have lowercase cards and Numbers.

Apple Prints: Cut an apple in half and make prints with paint!

Family Fun Night: Have some Apples, Ants on a log, or Apricot pork chops with apple pie!

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Letter A Reading:

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More Letter A Fun and Crafts:

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For More Preschool Ideas and Activities visit Preschool Corner!

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Comments

  1. I have just come across your blog – and OH MY GOODNESS!!! I love all the ideas you have on here – thanks so much for taking the time to inspire us. We are about to finish our first year of homeschooling – you are such an inspiration!!www.timelessandtreasured.blogspot.comHeather

  2. Hello! Funny thing, just moments ago found your blog for the first time, and just hours ago had little "homeschool confession" of my own on my blog! It's been one of those days here, I'm sure you know the kind. It was wonderful to meet you, I'll be back for sure!xoxo,Samantha

  3. Erica,Thanks for all of your wonderful ides! Please make note of my blog's new address!kissesonthecheek.blogspot.com(formerly daveandnickiskids.blogspot.com)Thanks!Nicki Bourgeois

  4. I just found your blog this morning! I'm downloading your alphabet activities! I work from home in the afternoons and want to give my 3 year old some fun "learning" things to do! These are great! I can't wait to try them out! Thanks for being willing to share!

  5. Hi there! I'm from the TOS Crew myself but I'm pretty sure that I came to your blog through Homeschool Creations. That's why I was so surprised to read your blog post that you're also with TOS Crew this year.Anyway, thanks for all the ideas and great templates. This is my first day teaching my 5 year old and also first time to make a lapbook. It's a great day for us.God bless you!

  6. I just recently found your blog, too, and I'm so incredibly thankful for all the resources you offer on here! I'm just beginning preschool with my 3-year-old, so this is great timing!!Btw, I saw on a few of your posts that you mentioned buying arts and crafts supplies from different websites, and I was wondering if you've heard of Oriental Trading? They have a ton of really decently-priced stuff, including tons of craft stuff. Their website is orientaltrading.com Check them out, but be forewarned that they have so much to offer, it can be a bit overwhelming!!

  7. I’ve been trying to print some of this for weeks and I keep getting an error message (http 500). Is that an issue with my computer?

  8. i cant find the apple math file folder game on the website link you have posted. is it not available anymore. anyone….help….thanks!

  9. I’ve been trying to download the Anthill counting game but it keeps telling me that the Link is not Valid. Do you have another link I could try?? I would really love to do this with my 3 year old!

  10. Hi Erica,

    I have been researching madly on how to teach the alphabet to my 3 year old and just came across your website and absolutely LOVE all the suggestions and activities!! Thank you so much for all the effort and work you’ve put into the site!!

    I’ve been trying to download some of the activity sheets etc but the links on 4share are not working? I noticed that other people are having problems too?

    :(

  11. Hi Erica,
    I, too, find your site amazing! It’s full of fun, educational ideas for any preschooler. Thank you for sharing with all.But, I am having the same problems trying to download Ant Number Matchup and Ant Shape Puzzles. Help please.

  12. Hi Erica,
    Love you so much for sharing your super work.
    I love your work for your babies and our babies. There are some downloads inavailables in Ant topic: Antnumber matchcup, shape puzzles, letter match, rolla a anthill, ant hill counting, coloring page. I love to download them. Please help.

  13. Dear Erica,
    I purchased both your Pre-K and K programs! My children and I love them! I would also love to download your A is for Ant items. Many of them are unavailable. Will you make them available from your site again? My son’s love ants. We just purchased a wonderful Ant 100′s counting board from Learning Resources. The A is for Ant items would compliment this beautifully! Please help!

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