The best things about memories... is making them. - Author Unknown
A,B,C / A.S.L.: Yearlong Keepsake Scrapbooks
These are a real treasure! At this young age, before entering into formal school years, we begin to build excitement and some understanding to the real VALUE and USE of the alphabet characters, and the sounds they make.
Each week, beginning in the month of October, we highlight one letter. Beginning with the letter Aa we work though the entire alphabet, in alphabetic order.
On Tuesday we introduce our new letter, we observe the formation of the letter, and the sounds it makes. We also begin to learn a song that highlights each letter in the alphabet. (More on this below) We also enjoy a song that highlights the letter; A - Alice the Camel has 1 Hump, W - Willabee, Wallabee Woo...
We often have an activity or share that coordinates with the letter, such as 'making applesauce' during Aa week.
On Wednesday we also take note when we have printed pictures to go into our Scrapbooks that correlate with letters we are working on, for instance... Our Police Officer friend comes to visit, we have printed pictures soon after, but we are not in the letter Pp week... We will take time to sit with our pictures, and consider the sounds we hear, and where the picture would go in our book. In this way we are introducing and revisiting letters all through the year. It's fantastic! and FUN! Just what we want for these years! For children not attending Wed, often our 3's, I will invite them to sit with me on a day they are here and work on this together, but do not insist that they do, if they choose not to, I put the pictures in the books for them.
On Thursday we bring a "Share" from home that relates to the highlighted letter of the week. The preschoolers have a chance to share during our gathering time in the mornings. Parents are welcome to request special shares that may need specials supports, I'm happy to accommodate if at all possible, these can be very impactful. In the past we've had some really specials shares!
ALL WEEK - At some point during the week, we take time for "Working" in our books. I try to keep this as 'CHild Led' as possible. There are few expectations placed on child's "work"/ outcome. I do present the children with examples, and model for the children, a sample drawing. I will take time to break down into shapes they can mimic, but the importance is placed on the child's representation of each item. If they choose black scribbly lines, that's what we want to see. The book is meant to reflect where your child is at, in this precious period of now, soon enough they will be drawing expertly, for now, we'll enjoy where they are. I have witnessed countless children with the "Scribbly Line" drawings to be the children that just have OTHER things to do, and it's ALL important work, and as they are ready, begin to invest more time and practice skillfully guiding their drawings (when they don't have any other pressing matters to attend to (Smile).
** The song is one that I learned from GCCF's Kindergarten program, and it is really so sweet. We build on the song each week with a new letter, and are ready to recite the song in it's entirety by the end of the year FOR YOU at graduation. It's really so perfect. The "Keepsake" book will be completed by end of year also and is just one of the treasure you'll go home with at the end of the year. Children are invited to have their books signed by their friends at our Graduation Ceremony. Yes, we'll be practicing up on writing our name. Autographs are so important!