Prek Letter E

Welcome to the Letter E where we’ll be having fun with Elephants!

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Letter E Memory Verse: Even a child is known by his doings. Proverbs 20:11
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10

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

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

Large Floor Numbers: I place these on the floor and call out a number, my daughter hops to that number. You can also lay them out in random order and have your child hop to them in numerical order.

 

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

 

Elephant Number Match-up: This game is for counting practice. Simply cut out along the lines so you end up with individual squares. Have your child place in numerical order, or put the correct amount of mini-clothes pins on each card. I poke holes in the nose and then hook in colored Learning Resources Math Links to each elephant. You can also use the math links to make a pattern!

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Elephant Pre-Writing Practice: I laminate this and then use with Expo Dry Erase Markers. You can leave the pages whole, or cut along the lines and hole punch in the upper left corner, then bind with a key ring for a mini-book!
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Elephant Color by Number: 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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Note: To get all of the games in my Letter of the Week curriculum, please check out the curriculum in my store!

 

Letter Poking Page: I like to use a toothpick and punch holes along the lines of each letter. Then you can put them up on a window and see the letter shine through! It works both fine-motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Plus it’s fun! We also 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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Ee Tracing Card: 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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Elephant 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 E Scavenger Hunt: Fill the box with things that start with E! Some ideas: elephant, egg, eggplant, earth, earmuffs, eagle.
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Elephant Puzzle: Cut along the guides for a fun 6 piece beginner’s puzzle!
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Elephant Magnet Page: I use this with a cookie sheet and 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
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Elephant 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 Ee sorting: This is a simple activity, but great for learning your letters! Just sort out the attached uppercase and lowercase letters.

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Elephant 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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Elephant Letter Matching: This is a fun letter matching activity, that practices both upper and lowercase letters recognition! If you’re looking for more challenge, use the uppercase card with the lowercase letter disks or visa versa! Click here to see the process of making the letters. Click here for the Ernie and Elmo letter matching cards.

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Elephant Cutting Practice: Simple print and let your child try cutting along the lines!

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Elephant Pattern Activity: Simply cut out the elephant pieces and use to complete the pattern!

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Elephant Color Puzzles: Cut out each elephant, then cut them in half in random ways to create fun color matching puzzles.

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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 E)

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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:

 

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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Elephant craft: making an elephant out of shapes, she’ll glue this together, her scissor skills aren’t that great yet, so I cut them out, but put it together for you to see the finished product. I used the print out from First School.

 

LeapFrog Fridge Phonics: I’m only putting in vowels that we’ve covered thus far. Each day we work on the ‘sounds’ that the vowels are making, and this was a fun way to remember phonics.

 

Magnetic Alphabet Builders: You can download the magnetic alphabet file here. I have a Xyron 9″ laminator and I found some magnetic laminate from Joann’s. (Use a 40% off coupon as its a little pricey!) I rolled the printout through the magnetic laminate and cut it out and voila!

 

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 “E” each time you hit the balloon! Thanks Melissa, great idea!

Letter Identification: Pick out the letter “E” and “e” 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.

Family Fun Night: Have some enchiladas and watch Madagascar – Escape 2 Africa or The Prince of Egypt

 

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The Letter of the Week is a full 26 week preschool course designed to give your student a head-start on preparing for kindergarten! It is a 26 week curriculum that’s full of educational activities that focus on the letter recognition, sounds, number recognition, counting, basic math skills, pre-writing practice, and all the necessary fine-motor skills that will be required for your preschooler to be ready for kindergarten! Included are weekly lesson plans that cover all the subjects a preschooler needs and more!

 

30 Comments

  • The Sunshine Crew April 12, 2010 at 5:29 am

    Little Bro just loved doing the E is for elephants work! So glad I bought your letter of the week curriculum!Have a nice week and thanks for all that you do, Erica:)

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  • Lauren April 12, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    We just finished letter E! I will have to tuck away some of these ideas for when we come back to it!

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  • Melissa + Tiffany @ Home Grown Families April 12, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    WOW! That is alot of E work! You are amazing! I am so glad I am a follower!

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  • Ashley April 13, 2010 at 4:11 am

    This is great! We are starting E on Monday. Thanks so much for all your hard work. We have loved doing your A-D activities along with our other curriculum so far. I can't wait to start E now!!

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  • momof1 April 13, 2010 at 5:15 am

    These are tons of activities for the letter…Thanks for the download.

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  • Katie's Nesting Spot April 13, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Oh sure I don't check over the weekend and that's when you post E! So glad you did elephants, ER will love this unit☺ Been waiting for it.

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  • Ticia April 16, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Wow, that's a busy week of E work, so many wonderful activities.

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  • Raising a Happy Child April 17, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Incidentally, we read Babar books this week (which I disliked, but my 3 year old liked a lot), and perhaps she might be in the mood for some elephant fun. Thanks for keeping these wonderful entries going, Erica!

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  • Angela October 27, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    I love the lower case elephant – did you come up with it yourself or did you get the idea somewhere else? I just love it!!!! If I had an extra day with my preschoolers we would so being doing a letter like craft like your elephant!! thanks so much!!

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  • Confessions Of A Homeschooler October 27, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    ANGELA: LOL! Thanks, I sort of made that one up myself, stretching it a bit!

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