Sunday, January 17, 2010

Mm is for Mittens

Preschool is such a wonderful time of exploration and discovery. It is my favorite age! The tender love of learning is so easy to squelch by demanding our tiny ones to learn facts, drill, write, read at above age levels all before they are ready. I always urge moms beginning to homeschool their children this age not to be intimidated by other parents who push their own children to be super-geniuses by age four. Take your time and enjoy the sweet moments of cuddling on the couch with a stack of good books or make some playdough together and spend the day creating critters, shapes and 'cookies'.

My preschooler and I are sailing through a letter of the week curriculum that is free at Letter Of the Week. We began at letter Aa and have done several in order. We are taking a little break this week to do a more Five In A Row style study of Jan Brett's The Mitten. I thought it would be a good week to do letter Mm as well.

Here are some free resources for putting together your own Mitten study:

Jan Brett's home page has tons of free printables for the book

Homeschoolshare has a free lapbook and lesson plan page! This will be what I'll use for the bulk of our study

First-school has great letter printables for Mm and on their mitten page, there are a few printables of pairs of mittens that I will use for a couple of different activities--listed below.

Childcare Land has a freebie section with some cute mitten file folder games. You have to scroll down the list to find them, but they are cute and definitely worth it!

I'm going to take one of the printables of a pair of mittens and make lacing cards with them. First print them on card stock, then punch holes around the edges, then have my preschooler lace them up. I also plan on taking another plain mitten pair print out and make a matching game with shapes or colors--maybe both!
Let the Mitten fun begin!


Shannon said...

You look like you have plenty, but check out this site for some more ideas. I did a search on her blog for "letter m". I use My Father's World, but I love both.

mommyto3duckies said...

Thanks, Shannon. I love her blog too! Her Mm page has some cute stuff on it that my preschooler will love. :)

H0MEFree said...

This is a fantastic post! Great graphics, good writing and content.

You are such a good mama. E is really a blessed little girl.
I need to get my rear in gear with my little girl.
BTW, I love The Mitten. I have several Jan Brett books and I have printed her stuff out before when my son was learning to read... 5 or 6 years ago.

Stacey,momof 2 said...

I love how creative and motivated you are for your kids...