Monday, January 24, 2011

Preschool Co-Op: Letter A

a couple weeks ago some of the mom's at our new home church invited me to be a part of their small preschool co-op group. i was totally honored and excited to be making such sweet memories with my kids and some truly great woman, while also teaching the kids the alphabet.

we all decided a small group would work best, so it doesn't get out of hand. we had a planning meeting to decide on the structure of our "curriculum" before we got started, which would consist of a letter coloring sheet, craft, activity, and snack that would all correspond with the letter we are on for that week. we will also be taking some field trips. so. fun.

i found these awesome free printable coloring sheets here.

all our students.

ms. andi was the teacher for letter A and planned so many wonderful crafts and activities for the kiddos. after the coloring sheet we all went outside in the beautiful sunshine (!) and did a hunt for envelopes with the letter A on them. each envelope contained items that started with the letter A, like a picture of an acrobat, alligator, each one of my children since their names start with A... so on and so forth.

next we came back inside and decorated paper plates with red tissue paper and streamer. once finished we stapled 2 plates together and added pasta inside to make an "apple shaker". we also had "ants on a log" snack variation, "ants on an apple", which is apple slices with peanut butter and raisins. sorry, no pictures. while the kids were outside playing airplane, i was prepping the mini apple pies. LOVE. it was all andi's idea and i totally took it over!

each kid got a mini pie tin, two rounds of pie crust some apple pie filling, and a decorative "apple" to put on each of their pies. i added a little egg wash and popped them in the oven.

LUNCH TIME! it was so cute seeing all the kids sit together and eat their lunch.

it was pretty bright so my daughter was covering her eyes and another little girls eyes from the sun. sweet moment.

once lunch was over, the apple pies were done. ms. andi had the kids sing "The Ants Go Marching On" while using their apple shakers as instruments.

then we all called it a day. a really good day.

all photography by Jen Bell.

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