Thursday, May 14, 2015

B4FIAR: The ABC Bunny

We needed an easy row after being away from home unexpectedly for a week, so when Emory wanted to learn about rabbits I decided to pull a Before title to keep it simple.

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Our first Before row was The ABC Bunny by Wanda Ga'g.  This was a sweet rhyming alphabet book that has a "story line" rather than being a traditional letter-word association type alphabet book.

Normally our rows focus on the boys, and I found a few ways to include Elliott, but being older he does more academics anyway, and I definitely chose this book with Emory (5) and Eleanor (2) in mind.  Eleanor and Emory are both in different stages of learning the alphabet--and go around singing that song all the time--so this was a fitting book to go along with the rabbit request.

Language Arts
The focus of this row was definitely the alphabet.  For Emory, we worked on reviewing letters, practicing letter sounds and alphabetical order.  I thought it would mostly be exposure for Eleanor, but she surprised me when she knew several of the letters already.  That's what happens when you have big siblings and want to do your own school, I guess.  She loves Starfall, and can navigate the app by herself, so she likes to play on that sometimes during school.  They've also watched LeapFrog Letter Factory a few times recently.

Favorite Alphabet Books
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault
Dr. Seuss's ABC by Dr. Seuss
A B C Look At Me by Roberta Intrater
Alphabears: An ABC Book by Kathleen Hague
Curious George's ABCs by H.A. Ray
S is for Smiling Sunrise by Vick Wadhwa (my review)

Alphabet Cover Up
I gave Emory an ABC grid that I found somewhere online, and as he drew each letter tile he placed them over the correct match.  (We have a full set of phonics, suffixes, prefixes, etc., but they are similar to these Letter Tiles.)

I set out different alphabet puzzles for the younger two.  I helped Eleanor and named letters for her.  While Emory worked on them, we reinforced letter sounds.

Elliott did the alphabet in cursive, while Emory worked on The ABC Bunny Alphabet from Homeschool Creations.

Emory also liked these little dry erase cards.  I found them for just a few cents at Ollies!

The ABC Bunny Maze was a hit because he loves mazes, and it was another excuse to sing the alphabet song.  

Alphabet Song Game
The Alphabet Song Game from The Critical Thinking Co is a cute "game" that sings the alphabet song and then helps the child learn letter names and shapes and alphabetical order.  It's been FREE on the website for awhile, and that's how I got it, but the Crew has reviewed it as well.  It's good for Preschool and Kindergarten.

Critical Thinking Company Review

Magnetic Letters
We got out magnetic letters for Eleanor . . .

When she wanted to join us in the floor for another game, we transferred to a cookie sheet so she could sit with us, and Emory decided they needed to be in order.  This is where I learned Eleanor knew more letters than I initially realized.  I knew she thought A was a triangle, but she correctly identified several letters for us.

They also built towers with alphabet blocks.  

Spelling Games
Elliott (8) is obviously beyond the alphabet, so instead I channeled his love of board games.  We played Razzle.  For a math-y kid, board games are a great way to encourage language skills.  We didn't play exactly by the rules, because I have an unfair advantage over him in speed, but he really liked the game.

He also played the Ruzzle app on the iPad.  It's a similar concept, except he could play alone.

I wanted to keep the science portion short and sweet, since this row was focusing mainly on the two little ones, but science was an area where Elliott could also participate.  We read about rabbits in our animal encyclopedia.  They all enjoyed looking at the pictures and the boys determined we'd most likely see the Eastern Cottontail rabbit in our region.  We get to look at rabbits whenever we want, since the grandparents have a couple on the farm too, so those are often a stop on our walks.

Fine Arts
We listened to The ABC Bunny song several times.  Eleanor loves music, and she asks for her "bunny song" frequently now, especially if she sees the book.  We also sang the traditional alphabet song more times than I can count.

This was a great row for a short week.  Next Up - Harold and the Purple Crayon!

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  1. Oh I love Five in a Row. And ABC Bunny! I miss my little ones. :-) Thank you for linking this.

  2. I loves the alphabet theme - so easy to incorporate things with! Thanks for linking up!