The letter B is going to be a blast! If you are just joining us we are focusing on a new letter each week. I’m not an official preschool teacher. I’m just a mom who loves teaching her kids. When my oldest (how is he 12 now?) was a toddler I started this idea with a girlfriend. Creating crafts, visiting places, and eating snacks that start with the same letter really helped my kids with their letter recognition and phonetics. It’s also a great bonding experience as I work one on one (although you could involve more kids) and spent time together.
It may help to check out my Preschool Morning Schedule post to get an idea on what we do in our mornings. But on to our lessons all about B.
Day 1: Lesson: Learn about the letter B. Letter B craft. Art: Bubble wrap painting. Reading Activity: Bird Finders Movement Activity: Bubble Dancing
Day 3: Lesson: Brothers are the best. Art: Making Hair Bows together. Reading Activity: Making Obleck Movement Activity: Baking Banana bread
Letter Craft for the Letter B
My favorite (and easiest) letter craft is to make a large block letter of a capital and lower case B and then have my kids glue on an object. You can have cut up pieces of blue tissue paper or use buttons. Help your child trace the letter on their paper. I’m also going to have a tray of salt for her to practice making the letter B with her finger.
Lesson Ideas for the Letter B
Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Born on June 26, 1911 in Texas, Mildred was the 6th out of 7 children. Her parents were from Norway. She got her nickname Babe (after Babe Ruth) after hitting 5 home runs as a child. She loved track and field, basketball, softball, diving, roller skating, bowling, and gold. In addition to sports she also loved to sew. She worked hard and love to play sports. In her day girls were often discouraged from playing sports, especially professionally.
Babe won two gold medals and a silver medal for track and field in the 1932 Olympics which were held in Los Angles. Later she became best known in golf. She competed in the Los Angels Open, a men’s tournament. She missed the cut and it would be 6 decades later till another women competed. In 1948 she tried to qualify for The U. S. Open, but was denied as it was only open to men. Babe won a total of 82 gold tournaments, both professional and amateur.
“If you win through bad sportsmanship, that’s no real victory.”
Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Babe Activity: Make a Bar Graph for Favorite Sports. We will be calling (or texting) to find out our cousins favorite sports. Bar graphs are a great visual for helping kids understand numbers. We will be using construction paper squares to make our graph.
We will be making pictures of each of her three brothers and writing down they things we love about them. If you don’t have brothers you can also talk about how babies, bunnies or batman is the best.
Books With the Letter B
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle- A classic book and perfect for every library. Find activities here.
Ball By Mary Sullivan- This clever book is all about a dog trying to find someone to play with him.
Beekle By Dan Santat This un-imaginary friend is sure to win your kid over. My kids love this creative book.
Beautiful by Stacy McAnulty and illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vreithoff I love that this book celebrates beauty with all it’s varieties. Perfect conversation starter to help our kids love differences.
Big Red Lollipop by Ruskhsana Khan illustrated by Sophie Blackall This books sounds so great! Can’t wait to check it out.
Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia by Jeanette Winter – I love this true story about a traveling library that helped children from distance villages borrow books. Great way to teach our kids about other countries.
Bartholomew and the Oobleck- Another classic. And for your reading activity you can make oobleck, a kid favorite!
The Bad Seed by Jory John illustrated by Peter Oswald- learn about a bad seed and the choices we have.
Baking with the Letter B
Field Trip for the Letter B
Visiting a local Bakery! Yum!!!
Music for the Letter B
I love using Spotfiy to find playlists for my music. I will introduce a composer and we can listen his arrangements while we paint.
You can make your own Bike Basket Liner with this Tutorial.
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