Still Gearing up for Preschool at Home here, and I wanted to share some of the lesson planning I have been doing. We will be starting with learning the letters of the alphabet. We will be starting with learning the letter A. In this post, I will share the resources, activities, and books I have gotten together for teaching my preschooler the letter A.
Where to Begin
To begin, I will spend some time working on the alphabet as a whole. I have some alphabet flash cards and we can sing the alphabet song.
Then we will focus on learning the letter A.
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Books & Themes
There are many, many “A” things that you can find books on for learning the letter A. I recommend visiting your local library’s children’s section to stock up on some books. Now, it seems the most common theme for learning the letter A is “Apples”. One of the wonderful things about teaching preschool at home is that you can tailor your plans specifically to your child and their interests. If your child is into airplanes, for example, you may focus on airplanes instead.
I will be spending a couple of days initially on each letter of the alphabet. Therefor, I have chosen a couple of books.
I have also included fun little craft projects to go with these books and help with learning the letter A.
A is for Apple
I chose a book called “Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship” by Edward Hemingway for our apple theme. The book is about an apple and a worm who become friends. The story deals with bullying, and so not only are we learning the letter A, but also a very important lesson about friendships and bullies.
We will be making a cute apple & worm craft project. (See Below)
Here is what you will need for this simple craft:
- Red Construction Paper
- Green Construction Paper
My son isn’t very good with using scissors yet, so I pre-cut the pieces so he will be able to just glue them and draw the face on the worm.
A is for Alligator
Another theme I chose for learning the letter A is Alligator. The book I chose to go along with this theme is “Zack’s Alligator” by Shirley Mozelle. Its a fun little story about a small alligator that grows big and can do extraordinary things.
My son will also be making a cute “A is for Alligator” craft to go along with this story. (See Below)
For this craft, you will need:
- Green Construction Paper
- White Paper
- Googly Eyes
If your child isn’t great with scissors, you can also cut the pieces ahead of time for this project, and just have them glue the pieces together.
A is for Airplane
I don’t have a specific book in mind for this theme. My son owns many toy airplanes, so I may do a counting activity or scavenger hunt for this.
Another fun activity I am planning on is making paper airplanes, decorating them, and flying them. This idea came from The Henry Ford Museum. We visited recently and they have a paper airplane making station, and an area to “test-fly” your creation. Kids and adults alike were having a blast with this activity, so I thought it would make a cute lesson plan.
More Resources for Learning the Letter A
As I mentioned before, there are tons of resources available online. Being a frugal mom, I gravitate toward the free resources. Some of the free worksheets I have found include the following:
- Letter A Coloring Page (The Measured Mom)
- Upper Case Letter A Coloring Page (This Reading Mama)
- Lower Case Letter A Coloring Page (This Reading Mama)
- Learn to Write Letter A Tracing Page (This Reading Mama)
- Find the Letter A Page (The Measured Mom)
That’s Learning the Letter A
That is how we will begin learning the letter A when we start preschool at home in a couple weeks. Make sure to subscribe or check back weekly for more lesson plans, resources, books, ideas, and free printables. Have fun!
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