Monday, September 26, 2011

Patriotic Alphabet Parade: B is for Baseball

B is for Baseball

Intruding toddler and a stubborn 4-year old aside, the class went well. I think the other kids enjoyed it anyway. Critter said it was his favorite part of the day at dinner time. Really? He didn't do anything!
Our format week-to-week is pretty consistent:
  • sing ABC song
  • have a grab bag with letter of the week items (B: ball, belt, banana, baby bottle)
  • practice letter writing and color a picture using the pages I created (B is for Baseball: Pre-K version or Kindergarten version)
  • eat a snack (bananas) and read a few books on baseball
  • craft time
    • craft: foam baseball pennants
    • letter collage using collage sheets I made (B is for Beans - glue beans): Tied in with how the majority of beans eaten today were first grown in the Americas and discovered by Columbus. Some native tribes in the U.S. would plant "the 3 sisters" together: beans, squash, and corn in patterns to prevent animals from eating their plants.
  • Listened to patriotic music while the kids passed a ball. The idea had been to play baseball outside but rain got in the way of our plans.
At home, I took Critter's papers, finished what I needed to with him, and continued work on his alphabet scrapbook. Here is what I came up with:

First Page

The handwriting/coloring page. He hasn't wanted to trace the letters so far. But he did stick on some baseball theme stickers to decorate.

Second Page

Most of the kids glued beans on the their letter "B." Critter wanted to color his so "B" is for "Brown" and "Blue."

Third Page

A full page of matching lowercase letters to uppercase letters, all in a baseball theme. Critter actually liked doing this! The "directions" say to use a clothespin to match-up the letters but I glued mine in a flap-style and using your finger works just as well.

Fourth Page

A fun page of activities. There is an A-Z memory game. I separated them out for ease of storage as well as ease of playing (easy to hard by combining more or less letters). I used these baseball hat cards to make them and printed two copies off on cardstock.

There is also a baseball number cards. You can print these out up to 50 (I did 15 for Critter). The idea is to take them out and put in order. Of course you can do all sorts of things - addition, subtraction, count by 2's, 5's, etc.

I printed off a copy of the chorus of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" song, which interestingly enough was written by someone who had never even been to a game before!

And some food of course - our Game Day Nachos. I plan on making this for the kids for a healthy lunch next week: 1 lb Velveeta cheese, 1 lb browned hamburger, 1 (16 oz) jar of salsa. Use chips to dip.

Next week we look forward to C is for Christopher Columbus!

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