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Activities and Books for the Letter A

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Letter A Activities For Preschoolers

Letter of the week activities and crafts are a fun way for preschoolers to learn the alphabet. Check out this post for letter A activities for preschool!

My homeschool motto is “child-led, lots of books, and lots of play! If you are looking for a similar style of homeschool, this blog post is for you! I provide a simple and easy way to implement some school work with just one book and one activity you can do with your child 3 days a week.

Our preschool “curriculum” was super simple and followed the “Letter of the Week” format.  At ages 3 and 5, we spent about 30 minutes to an hour each day doing a few sit-down activities and crafts. Most of the time they were playing together, but we also read books, went to the library, and spend time with our homeschool group.

Homeschooling a preschooler doesn’t have to complicated or overly ambitious. A book and spending time together is all you need. Let’s get to it!

Letter A Activities For Preschool

Day One – Amelia Bedelia and Sensory Play

Omg I loved Amelia Bedelia growing up and sharing her with my kids was awesome. However, my oldest was a little dumbstruck at how literal Amelia was with everything.

This book is a classic and if you do not own it, it should be available at your local library. If you would rather own in, click here to order from Amazon!

I love to begin learning a new letter with ABC Find it.

Preschoolers doing alphabet and sensory work.

The girls love this activity. They dig for pictures in rice and match cut-up pictures with the pictures on the board. I also have cards with written out descriptions of the pictures on them. I call those out, and they have to match them up. This activity allows them to practice their listening skills as well as matching, taking turns, letter and word recognition.

Preschooler matching up words that start with the letter A.

The printables for ABC Find it are from the blog 1+1+1=1. I cannot say enough about all her printables. My kids have loved I have downloaded from her site. Click here for access to her ABC Find it printables.

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Day Two – Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator!  and Letter work

Because  our letter work printables had alligators on them, I thought it would be fun to include an alligator book. Beloved author-illustrator Mo Willems has created a funny and tender portrait of friendship between Amanda and her stuffed alligator that readers of any age will love. The book is made up of 6 and half short stories so you can spread out the stories over a few days or read them in one go.

Click here to buy Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! from Amazon!

My kids LOVE animals so I chose the Animal ABCs, again, from 1+1+1=1’s.

Click here for access to these awesome printables!

Included in the pack are number tracing, animals to cut out and glue, a coloring/tracing sheet, and tracing lines and letters

Little girl tracing numbers.

Day Three – The Ant and the Elephant and Crafts

“The elephant is the kindest animal in the jungle, rescuing the giraffe, lion, and rhino, but who will return the favor when the elephant needs help?”

This book is super cute and lends itself well to some animal crafts!! My kids and I love these printables from Learn, Create, Love. You simply print them out, the kids color or paint them, cut them out, and glue together. You can clue them onto paper and create an animal book or simply let your child play with the paper crafts. My kids still love to do this!

Click here for information on the ant paper craft!

Click here for the blog post on the elephant craft!

However, when we did our letter of the week curriculum, we put together a transportation book rather than an animal book. My husband is a truck driver so they are naturally obsessed with all forms of transportation. A was for airplane.

Young girl coloring with gray marker.

5 year old cutting paper with a scissors.

sisters crafting paper airplanes.

Letter A Books

Here are some additional letter a books to read:

Ten Apples Up On Top!

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

There you have it! A simple plan for introducing the letter a in your preschool. I hope you found some resources to help you in your homeschool journey.

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Looking to teach your preschooler the alphabet? Check out this post for letter A activities, books, crafts, and ideas for your homeschooler!

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