We’re starting a new theme this month with Mother Goose Time curriculum, called A to Zoo Animals. How fun! We are loving this theme! I can’t promise to cover the whole alphabet of activities we do, but we’ll start with A is for Alligator.
Each child gets a zoo photo booklet to keep at the end of the month. Each day we look at the animal card and talk about what we know about the animals.
We trace the letters on the back of the card with our finger. The alphabet cards can also be used to copy letters and words into our journals.
This theme is awesome right from the start. Each month our kit from Mother Goose Time includes a theme related book and music CD. My kids love this one!
There’s a phonics song for each letter of the alphabet. The A is for Alligator song is catchy!
A is for alligator in the swamp
A is for alligator, what will you chomp
/a//a//a//a/ letter A,, /a//a//a//a/ letter A
We’re enjoying this awesome A to Z Animals book too.
Here’s story time at my house!
The puppet craft was actually a bit difficult to pull together. Normally the projects included in the kits are very simple for the kids to do on their own, but there were a few factors with this one so I put the puppets together for the kids to play with. Worked out! The base of the puppet is a square paper plate. It’s folded diagonally and then the corners (sides of the mouth) are cut off. Then the top is covered with paper to make a pocket for the hand to hold the puppet. You can kind of see how it goes in the photos:
They turned out super cute and the kids enjoyed playing with them, chomping everything!
To introduce a story, I got out our alligator puppet. He’s handsome! (Although I prefer the one pictured below…) If you’re looking for inexpensive puppets, The Dollar Tree often has them. I have a thing about collecting puppets…We should use them more because the kids are enthralled with them.
The video below shows how we used the alligator puppets to snap out the four syllables of al-li-ga-tor together.