Preschool Letter of the Week: J

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Letter of the Week:  J 
Emma's theme this week was Circus, focusing on the letter J is for Juggling!

We used the tune chart from Hubbard's Cupboard, J is for Joy, which was fitting since circuses are joyful.

We read an adorably illustrated (unique!!) ABC book, *The Circus Alphabet by Linda Bronson.  Then Emma enjoyed several worksheets from this Circus Pack, like the monkey juggling and juggler word maker.  So cute!

The Juggling Monkey Craft is from Learn Create Love.  I just love the nose we glued on.  It was an apple for a wooden play set my mom found at the thrift store.  Turned upside down, it makes a fantastic clown nose.

Emma had water colored this before we cut it out and glued it.  (I had bought watercolors at the $ store, hoping to save money.  This is one of those times where you're just better off buying the better product at your regular store. )

This week matched up with Connor's FIAR week on *The Clown of God .  We made homemade playdough to match the juggling balls.

1 cup flour
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup salt
1 Tbs vegetable oil
1/2 Tbs cream of tarter
food coloring (optional)
gold glitter (optional)
Mix all the ingredients into a medium pot and stir over low heat until it begins to pull way from the sides of the pot and the stickiness is gone.  Turn out onto the counter and knead.  Divide into 7 equal parts and make divots in the center for the dye.  Carefully mix the dyes in (where gloves if you don't want your hands stained).  Add glitter to the gold one.  Store in an airtight container.  (we use ziplock)

For more detailed instructions, and lots of photos, visit this website - this is where I originally found the recipe and what I've been making for several years now, only we make half the recipe.

Unrelated to juggling (but still focusing on letter J):

We read Jack and the Beanstalk then did a roll and graph from this cute pack from 1+1+1=1 - Jack and the Beanstalk.  For the q -tip page we did glitter glues which turned out to be a harder (in a good way) exercise for fine motors.

This week I decided to start her on this calendar pack I found at Mama’s Learning Corner.  I've downloaded a lot of various calendar packs, and this one is my favorite, for preschoolers.

You can't pass up letter J without having some Jelly Bean fun.

Emma's favorite this week, during her free play, was the counters from *Learning Resources Let's Tackle Kindergarten.

Each week we read parts of these, changing with the week's theme:
*A Little Girl After God's Own HeartJoyful
*Big Thoughts for Little People , letter J is for Joy- One of Emma's favorites to flip thru on her own.  It's an ABC book of values.
*My ABC Bible/My ABC Prayers , letter J - sweet little poems, perfect for toddlers and preschoolers

Raising Rockstars Preschool Letter J
Jack and Jill
Jack and Jill Activities
Jack be Nimble
circus animal crackers - would make great math manipulative and snack

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