Letter S week was tons of fun! My son practiced his writing and “s” sounds and we read books together about things that started with letter S, made crafts, and sang songs. Here is what we did:
Monday — S is for Snail
- Writing Practice: write uppercase letter S. I used this free worksheet from AtZteacherstuff.
- Book: We read Snail Crossing by Corey R. Tabor. This book is hilarious!!! And it is so darn cute. We love the snail’s determination and positive attitude. The message of helping others and working toward your goals makes this book a winner. We just keep rereading this one and we laugh every single time –seriously, it is a family favorite! My son even insisted that we buy copies for 2 of his cousins 🙂
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- Craft: Paper Plate Snail— This snail craft is pretty easy, but a lot of fun because my son enjoyed using his paints. Best part was, I could pull the supplies together in a couple minutes so we could dive right into craft time!
- Song: Preschoolers love to sing. So for letter S, we sang You are my Sunshine. If you don’t know this song, check out this YouTube video.
- STEM Activity: Sink or Float. We picked 5 items from our house to see if they would sink or float in a bowl full of water. (Pick a variety of weights so that some sink and some float.) Fill a bowl with water. Before putting an item in the water, ask you child to guess if it will sink or swim. Why do they think that? After trying each item in the water, count how many sank and how many floated.
- Air Writing: Ask your child to hold up a hand and trace letter shapes with their finger in the air.
- Math: look around and count how many things you can find that start with the letter s. This is a great way to sneak in some phonics too! We found socks, shoes, a snake toy.
Wednesday — S is for Star
- Writing Practice: practice writing lowercase s with this free worksheet.
- Book: We read Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Jane Cabrera. I love her take on nursery rhymes and my son and I are big fans of her artwork. Plus, I just like owls 🙂 If your local library doesn’t have this one, you can get it on Amazon here.
We also read James Dean’s Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star featuring Pete the Cat. Pete is one of my son’s favorite book characters, so we read a lot of Pete the Cat stories. This book is a replica of the song, including the second verse (which I can never remember when we sing the song), so it is really the cute pictures of Pete that make this book so enjoyable. Dean’s artistic interpretation of the lyrics and Pete’s iconic coolness make this book a fun read. You can get this board book on Amazon here.
- Craft: Star Craft — This craft is great for fine motor skills. Kids get to paint and wrap yarn!
Supplies needed are a paper plate, watercolor paints, paint brush and water, scissors, yarn, and tape.
Start by drawing a star shape in the center of the plate and cutting it out. Kids can paint the plate with a variety of watercolors; be creative!
Let your plate dry.
Pick out yarn or string to wrap around your plate. Cut a 3 foot long piece.
Tape one end of the yarn to the back of the plate and then let your child start wrapping. When you are finished wrapping yarn, cut the yarn and tape the end to the back of the plate.
You can repeat this craft with other shapes and make a whole bunch 🙂
- Song: I was sick of Twinkle Twinkle after reading 2 books about the song, so we sang Raffi’s Shake My Sillies Out. This song is so much fun to sing and has lots of great movements to do with it. If you don’t know this song, check out Raffi on YouTube.
- Salt Tray Writing: cover the bottom of a shallow tray or pie tin with table salt. Your child can take one finger to trace letter shapes in the salt.
Worksheet: I made this star worksheet for my son and he enjoyed it. I’ve made it a free, downloadable PDF for anyone to access — Color all of the stars with letter S.
Friday — S is for Strawberry
- Writing Practice: Uppercase and lower case S. I found a great worksheet on K5 Learning: https://www.k5learning.com/worksheets/kindergarten/tracing-letters-s.pdf
- Book: We read The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood. This is an older story, but still cute. Kids will be on the edge of their seats as they listen to the story about the mouse who has to protect its strawberry from a hungry bear. Reading this one together is great fun! Check your local library for this book, or you can get it on Amazon here.
- Craft: Strawberry Craft–I love handprint crafts. They are like a time capsule for your little one. You can look back at them and see how small their hands were.
Supplies needed are red and green construction paper, brown markers, scissors, and glue.
I drew a strawberry shape and my son cut it out. He loves using scissors, so I try to find crafts and activities for him to work on his cutting skills.
Next, he added the seeds with a brown marker.
I traced his hands on green paper and then I cut out the hand prints.
He glued them on top of his strawberry, and ta-da, a cute strawberry craft to hang in his room!