I have received several requests from public school teachers to give an alternative to my J is for Jesus due to religious restrictions placed on them. I hesitated to do this as I view my blog as a ministry to help spread the love of Jesus to my readers, and J is for Jesus is my favorite letter set! However, after much prayer I’ve decided to go ahead move forward. I do understand your restrictions and pray that my curriculum bless your classrooms.
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Jelly Bean Graphing: Using real jelly beans, give your students a jar full and have them sort them on the chart based on color. Once finished they can fill in the most/least colors as well.
Jelly Bean Coloring: 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.
Jelly Bean Scavenger Hunt: Fill the box with things that start with J! Some ideas: jar, junk mail, jelly beans.
Jelly Bean 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.
Jelly Bean Letter Match: 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 activity cards)
Jelly Bean Capital/Lowercase Sort: Simple, just sort the uppercase and lowercase letters
Jelly Bean Large 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.
Jelly Bean Cut-n-Paste: Have students cut out and glue onto blue construction paper to practice scissor skills!
Jelly Bean Cutting: Simple print and let your child try cutting along the lines!
Jelly Bean 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
Jelly Bean Counting: Cut out each card, then cut along dotted lines. Have students count dots and match the bottom to the correct number.
Jelly Bean 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.
Jelly Bean Number 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.
Jelly Bean Puzzle: Cut along the guides for a fun 6 piece beginner’s puzzle!
Jelly Bean Shape Matchup: Cut out each bean, then cut along dotted lines. Have students match shapes. Discuss shape names as you go.
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