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Monday, June 13, 2011

Ariana's Alphabet--S

Note: Ariana's Alphabet was created out of my need for more structure and learning while playing and creating together with my 2 1/2 year old. Each week we will explore a new letter of the alphabet and incorporate different activities along the way that go with our letter of the week. See other letters we've done by clicking the Ariana's Alphabet label highlighted in blue at the bottom of this post.

This week for Ariana's Alphabet we learned about the letter S
We had so much fun and even got 2 new pets out of the project!

S is for Sailor and Spyglass.
We made our own spyglass using a paper towel roll and a paper cup that I let her paint and put stickers on. She totally took it upon herself to match her outfit. She loved this project!

S is for Snails.
We made a snail from some construction paper and a paper plate. We also took our spyglass and went on a snail hunt in the woods by our house where we found 2 huge snails.

Ariana loves holding and watching them and isn't afraid of them at all!

We named the snails Sheldon and Essie (short for Escargot) and brought them home. We made a terrarium for them and are keeping them for a while! 

S is for Strawberry Shortcake.
We watched, colored and made our own Strawberry Shortcake (from scratch) this week!

S is for strawberries, soup, star sandwiches and silly straws.

S is for sheep, shapes, and lots of undersea creatures like seals, sharks, stingrays, starfish, seahorses. We made a cotton ball sheep, read a fun book called I Spy Shapes In Art and colored an sea animals picture.

Even though we did a lot of different activities this week, I had even more things planned but we just didn't get it all in this week. Like I wanted to play with homemade sidewalk chalk (I'll save it for C for chalk instead) and sand play (but I'm also saving that for another letter, but it's a surprise, you'll never guess.)

Next week I'm thinking of tackling X, a letter I was dreading but I think I've come up with some fun ideas thanks to the help of my good friend Nancy!

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  1. What a fabulous idea! I might do this with my little one on summer vacation. He'd love it!

  2. I am LOVING reading these posts! You have such fantastic and creative ideas. :)

  3. I am loving your creativity in this. I bet you could write an education book on this! Moms, teachers, and daycare workers would love these activities. I know because I used to work in daycare. This would have been so helpful!

  4. I loved every minute of this post. What wonderful memories you are making in the learning process!
    So creative!!