Keep reading for Letter D activities for home 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!
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Letter D Activities for Preschool
Day One – Over in the Forest and ABC Book
Using a Letter of the Week curriculum for your homeschool actually isn’t about reading, it’s about letter recognition. Use this time to learn the letters but without the pressure of phonics or sight words. You can read the book I have suggested or one of your own. You can read a different book each day, or the same book, it’s up to you!
“Follow the tracks of ten woodland animals but . . . uhoh . . . watch out for the skunk! Children learn the ways of forest animals to the rhythm of ‘Over in the Meadow’ as they leap like a squirrel, dunk like a raccoon, and pounce like a fox. They will also count the babies and search for ten hidden forest animals. Cut paper illustrations add to the fun in this delightful introduction to a woodland habitat.”
One of my favorite ways to incorporate sit down activities with my kids is to use things around my house and combine them with resources online. That is how our ABC book came to be. I printed off large letters and we colored, painted, or in this case, stamped something that started with that letter.
We had Melissa and Doug stamps in our craft bin so I just used a deer stamp for D. So easy and the kids loved adding to the book as we completed each letter.
I couldn’t find the exact set we used but I have linked a similar set down below. My kids used them for years!
An ABC is simple and fun activity you can do you with you child week after week. And the best part is you can use things you have around the house. Plus you will have an adorable keepsake for years to come.
Day Two – The Happy Man and His Dump Truck and Transportation Book
“A happy man thrills a group of farm animals when he takes them for a joy ride in his dump truck.”
For each letter we also added to our transportation book, a paper craft that started with the Letter of the Week. D was for dump truck!
These paper crafts From Learn, Create, Love are my children’s favorite crafts. We glued the completed craft on to paper for our transportation book, but you can can leave them as they are and play with them that way!
Day Three – Make Way for Ducklings and Sensory Play
“Mrs. Mallard was sure that the pond in the Boston Public Gardens would be a perfect place for her and her eight ducklings to live. The problem was how to get them there through the busy streets of Boston. But with a little help from the Boston police, Mrs. Mallard and Jack, Kack, Lack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack arive safely at their new home.”
The sensory play we did for the letter D was ABC Find it. I hid the cards around the room for the girls to find and then they matched them up on the board. Super simple, educational, and the kids love it.
However, can we just talk for a minute about how children can hear you eating chocolate in the other room, but they can’t find a card with a picture of dog on it when it is right in front of their face?! I guess I need to coat the cards in candy, or just stop eating junk.
Letter D Books
Here are some additional Letter D books you could include in your homeschool!
“One day down on the farm, Duck got a wild idea. ‘I bet I could ride a bike,’ he thought. He waddled over to where the boy parked his bike, climbed on and began to ride. At first he rode slowly and he wobbled a lot, but it was fun! Duck rode past Cow and waved to her. ‘Hello, Cow!’ said Duck. ‘Moo,’ said Cow. But what she thought was, ‘A duck on a bike? That’s the silliest thing I’ve ever seen!’ And so Duck rides past sheep, horse, and all the other barnyard animals. Suddenly, a group of kids ride by on their bikes and run into the farmhouse, leaving the bikes outside. Now ALL the animals can ride bikes, just like Duck!”
“Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You’re in red-hot trouble.”
That concludes our simple literature-based homeschool week for the letter D. I hope you found something to help you along your homeschool journey. Thanks for reading!