Letter of the Week D

Back on track and better than before. Well, minus the part where we did letter D for two weeks instead of one. After our vacation waiting for requested books to arrive at the library took longer than anticipated. (FYI Amazon affiliate links included in this post for books and dvd listed)
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As I told you I would in the beginning, we are still using letter of the week as a loose guide. Here is their list for letter D.

 

For read aloud books we only followed three from her list, but that was all that we really needed (you will see why in a minute).

 

Danny and the Dinosaur – This book was by far my kids favorite. I mean, they already like dinosaurs, so this was perfect. We read this book several times, and I can see us owning this book in the future. It’s a story about a boy who loves dinosaurs and wishes to play with one, like a pet, and then gets to. It is a cute story.

Duncan the Dancing Duck – Was great for K1 as she still loves everything related to anything dance.
One Duck Stuck: A Mucky Ducky Counting Book – or as my kids called it “The duck mud book.” This book was fun to read, and it was easy to involve the kids in the story. It includes counting, up to the number 10. I had fun asking them what animal or insect they thought would arrive next to help the duck. I also let them tell me what animal or insect was on the page before reading it to them.

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Since I am getting better at this, I was included geography and science this week.

 

For science we learned about doves, dolphins, and dandelions. I wanted to plant dandelion bulbs as an activity for the week, but couldn’t find any. (So when you do this, plan ahead, unlike me.)

 

These are books not from the list. The books pictured I selected myself, based on availability and what I thought my kids would like.

 

Last Saturday we went to a tree farm, where they have tropical birds on site. (If you are in San Diego county check out Bonita Creek Nursery.) While we were there we got to see two different types of doves, up close and personal. One pair were even sitting on eggs. This worked out great because the National Geographic Pocket Guide to the Birds of North America I just got so that I could talk about them verbally. It did include a picture of each bird, but it was rather small, as the books purpose is to provide facts.

 

National Geographic Readers: Dolphins – As I expected from National Geographic, this book included great photos, and interesting facts. K1 is really grasping everything that I throw at her, so she remembered many details from this book after we read it. Did you know Orca’s are dolphins? I didn’t. Apparently many whales are dolphins.

 

Why Oh Why Are Deserts Dry?: All About Deserts (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library) – This book was full of usefull facts presented with colorful illustrations that are typical of any Cat in the Hat book. What was perfect is that I also checked out Ecology: Life In The Deserts, a DVD about the desert. It contained all the same information the Cat in the Hat book delivered in a different medium. They worked well together, and K1 asked to watch the movie about the deserts more than once, which was a surprise. Just thought I would add that the DVD is short, only about 20-30 minutes.

 

I was proud of her for being about to tell me facts about the desert without being reminded. PS. Antarctica is the largest desert. I didn’t actually know it was a desert. Good thing I am learning along with her!

 

We also practiced writing the letter D as well. I find it odd that the curriculum on their site doesn’t include writing at all, but maybe it is obvious.

 

I have already requested the books for letters E and F. Bring on next week, we are ready!

 

Have you used letter of the week to teach your children? Are any of these books your kids favorite?

 

 

 

 

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8 Responses to 'Letter of the Week D'

  1. What wonderful books, ideas and a what a creative way to get kids to focus on a certain letter and learn all the great things related to that letter. My daughter loves the alphabet…”W” is her favorite letter 🙂 I had never considered using letter themes but this post gives me some ideas!

    • Gwendolyn T says:

      I’m just curious why is “W” her favorite? I’m glad you got some ideas here!

      • Well, she hasn’t really told me it’s her favorite I just always refer to it as her favorite because as she was learning her ABCs-she learned on her own and she was always most excited to say the letter W….then she also wrote W on her own..it was the 1st letter she actually was able to imitate in writing and then she was happy to show me. It’s kinda hard to explain,lol

        • Gwen says:

          That is super cute. I think that you explained perfect, at least I think that I understand. Oh, and I think “It’s kinda hard to explain” sums up parenting in general. Lol. Thank you for stopping by!

          • “It’s kinda hard to explain” indeed sums up parenting perfectly….great way to put it! She’ll be 3 in March, but she has been such a challenge this weekend with not wanting to do anything we tell her, not wanting to eat her healthy foods but only wanting sweets…sometimes I feel like I’m getting a glimpse into the teen years or something, lol. Hope you’re having a great weekend.

  2. Kari says:

    I also did not know that about Antarctica… glad you are teaching me. 🙂

  3. Meghan says:

    It’s about to be daffodil time here, and I’ve been looking for spring theme books for story time. I’m going to check out the daffodil one- thanks for sharing it.

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