Our Letter of the Week fun has been rocking right along since our A-H Update. Are we still following our A to Z Toddler and Preschool Curriculum? Eh, sometimes yes and sometimes not so much. Although I always read ahead to see what will work for us, most of the weekly themes for I – P weren’t a good match. We didn’t let that stop us, though.
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Letters I – L
We strayed quite a bit from our A to Z Curriculum during these weeks. The theme for Letter I was Indians and centered around Thanksgiving. For starters, we started our Letter of the Week focus in January. There was no way Thanksgiving and Letter I were going to coincide for us. Also, I’m one of those people who gets irritated when Native Americans are referred to as Indians. I for Indians was a no-go. Ice cream and iguanas don’t necessarily go together, but they got the job done.
We did, however, stick with the theme for J. A jungle theme was easy to follow and lots of fun for Prissy. K (for Kings, Queens, and Castles) felt like there wasn’t enough focus on the actual letter for that week; several of my favorite Letter of the Week resources came in handy that week. We went with K for Kite/Kangaroo instead.
We love books and we love libraries, but we didn’t follow the L is for Libraries & Books week either. We went a different direction for L Week and it was perfectly suited to Prissy. Prissy’s name starts with L and means light. It was a perfect time to focus on light and introduce her to the verses her dad and I spoke over her when she was born:
A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket,
but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before others,
so that they may see your good works
and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Letters M – P
The next four weeks were fun! Letter M might be my favorite thus far. My kids aren’t close enough in age for me to teach them together very often. When Prissy’s Letter M week and The Boy’s Moses chapters in our Story of the World book fell around the same time, I knew our M would be for Moses instead of A to Z’s mittens theme.
When our Baby Moses in a bottle craft went wrong, we turned it into a lesson on density. We originally tried to float him “down the river” by using an oil and water combination, but we drowned the poor guy. We made some adjustments – including adjusting the hot glue for buoyancy and using glycerin in the place of the oil – and finally got Baby Moses to his destination safely. Did Prissy understand the density components in all of this? Probably not, but she loved this project and still talks about it.
A to Z’s theme for Letter N was nutrition, but I felt like Letter N would get lost in such a big topic. So much of what is covered in nutrition week is important, but not tied to the letter. We’ll tackle that at another time; Letter of the Week certainly isn’t our only opportunity to do so. We focused on the N is for Nest section instead and pieced our week together using printables from my favorite sites.
Letters O and P are my favorite A to Z weeks by far. Both are engaging, well written, and were easy to implement at home. In a perfect world, we would’ve spent some time at the beach during Letter O’s week. We live within an hour’s drive to several great beaches, but Letter O arrived when we were preparing to move and all of our spare time was spent packing. Ocean Week was still a blast. It gave us the opportunity to explore lots of fun new books and talk about what we’ve seen during our afternoons at the beach.
P for Plants was also tons of fun. Moving week kept us from enjoying all that A to Z’s Plant week had to offer and adding any hands-on elements. Even so, we made the most of this busy time by doing printable packs, reading plant-themed books from our local library, and talking about our planting experiences from last summer.
Have you done a Letter of the Week focus with your little ones before? What were your favorite themes and weeks?