Christina Parker Brown
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The Letter A
Sound /a/, /A/ , /ah/ (apple, ace, father)
Kinesthetic: Form letters out of play-dough, your body, or make letters outside from nature (sticks, leaves, petals, pinecones, etc.).
• Block Letter Pages: Draw an ant (three circles and six legs) or apples on your block letter A’s page.
• Clip Art Pages: Cut and paste clip art onto your A’s page.
Aa Handwriting Pages: Practice several upper and lower case letters every day this week.
Menu Ideas: Acai berry, almonds, Alphabet Soup™, Alphabits™ cereal, Almond Joy™, ambrosia, anchovies, angel food cake, angel hair pasta, Animal Crackers™, ants on a log (celery with peanut butter and chocolate chips or raisins on top), American cheese, apple (get one in every color and type), apple fritters, Apple Jacks™ cereal, apple juice, apple sauce, apple tarts, apricots (fresh or dried), artichokes, Asiago cheese, asparagus, avocados
Field Trip Ideas: Go to an airport and watch planes take off. Visit an animal shelter, apple orchard, aquarium, aromatherapy shop, art gallery, aviary, or aviation museum.
Aaron, Abraham, Abigail, Absalom, Acts, Ahab, Amos, Andrew, the story of Adam and Eve, angels of the Bible
• Missionaries: Adoniram Judson (1788–1850), Burma; Amy Carmichael (1867–1951), India
Copy Work & Memory Verse: “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
Character Traits: Accountable, affectionate, ambitious, appreciative, attentive
• Find free applique for kids patterns and instructions online.
• Fold an accordion out of a piece of paper.
• Create angels with handprint wings and an upside down handprint for the body.
• Make aluminum sculptures out of aluminum foil.
• Create animal masks using paper plates with two holes for eyes and popsicles sticks or tongue depressors for a handle.
• Draw or trace a Chinese aster.
Artist Study: John James Audubon, the West Indian American illustrator. Pretend to be John Audubon and draw things in nature.
AS I WAS GOING ALONG
As I was going along, along,
A-singing a comical song, song, song,
The lane that I went was so long, long, long,
And the song that I sang was so long, long, long,
And so I went singing along.
• Play animal charades. (Learn about an albatross or abalone.)
• Aromatherapy: Smell essential oils.
• Teach something simple in auto mechanics like how to check a car’s oil level.
• Pretend to be an airplane.
• Look at an atlas.
• Teach child abdominal crunches.
• Act out a Bible story.
• Wake child to an alarm clock one morning.
• Discuss favorite actors and actresses and what they do.
• Go to an auction.
• Explain adoption.
• Teach how to be angry but not sin.
• Watch an astronaut in outer space on YouTube. Watch astronauts eat and drink and perform daily activities in space.
• Watch an acrobat.
• Teach your child to ask questions.
• Write (or draw a picture) to someone in the Army or the Air Force.
• Watch an aerobics exercise tape and follow along.
• Be affectionate.
• Cut out an advertisement for your Alphabet Smash Notebook. Teach briefly what advertising is and how it works.
• Play the alligator game: Put couch cushions or pillows in a circle around room. Rule: You cannot touch the floor or the alligator will get you. My kids LOVED this game.
• Say something to someone else about how AMAZING your child is.
• Go play at an arcade.
• Learn the "Alphabet Song."
• Put aloe on a cut.
• Go on an adventure.
• Add on an abacus.
• Draw an acute angle. Find angles in everyday objects and around your home.
• Make an arc using a compass (with parental supervision).
• Define: "a.m." means morning.
• Define arithmetic.
• Study astronomy.
• Read about alligators. Watch alligators in the wild online.
• Aerodynamics (Explain with paper airplanes that fly and those that don’t.)
• Amphibians (Go to the pet store and see up close.)
• Read what the Bible says about ants.
Social Studies Ideas:
• Find Africa, Asia, Australia, the two Americas, and Antarctica on map or globe.
• Learn about Australia. Make some Australian recipes.
• Learn about Apache Indians.
• Learn about Ancient History.
• Color a map of America.
• Learn what A.D. means in history.
Vocations: Accountant, actor, actress, acupuncturist, agriculturist, air force, air traffic controller, ambulance driver, animator, archeologist, architect, army, artist, astronaut, astronomer, athlete, athletic trainer, auctioneer, automotive mechanic
•Ten Apples up on Top! by Dr. Seuss
•How To Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
•Angus Lost by Marjorie Flack
•Ask Mr. Bear by Marjorie Flack
•The ABC Bunny by Wanda Gag
•Animals, Animals by Eric Carle
•Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
• Acoustic music
• Listen to A cappella—(two words, two "Ps", two "Ls.") singing without instruments. Be sure to mention there is no music, only voices.
• The Andrew Sisters
• John Adams 1947; Isaac Albéniz 1860–1909; Tomaso Albinoni 1671–1751
Listen to A cappella—(two words, two "Ps", two "Ls.") singing without instruments. Be sure to mention there is no music, only voices.
• The Andrew Sisters
Hymn: “Amazing Grace”
”; “Acorn Brown”
Songs: “Ants Go Marching
Movies to Watch: Alice In Wonderland, An American Tail, Anastasia, Annie, The Aristocrats, Around the World in 80 Days, Anne of Green Gables
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