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Alphabet Smash: Your Child's 26 Week Alphabet Adventure

Alphabet Smash: Your Child's 26 Week Alphabet Adventure

by Christina Parker Brown

ISBN: 9781941733714

Publisher Living Parables of Central Florida, Inc.

Published in Nonfiction

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Book Description

Discover how to intentionally inspire children on a delightful alphabet-learning adventure that shares the many ways God has blessed us alphabetically. Each week, Alphabet Smash focuses on a letter of the week, learning its sound, how to write it, and integrating the letter with topics, such as food, field trips, handwriting, Bible, character, art, poetry, math, science, social studies, books, music, movies—and more! Let the Alphabet Smash begin!

Sample Chapter

Alphabet Smash

 

 

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.).

 

Alphabet Notebook 

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. 

 

Bible Ideas: 

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

 

Art:

• 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.

 

Poetry:

Mother Goose: 

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.

 

Activities:

• 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.

 

Math Ideas:

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.

 

Science Ideas:

• 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

 

 

Books:

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

 

Music Appreciation:

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

 

Composers:

 

• 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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Author Profile

Christina Parker Brown

Christina Parker Brown

Christina Parker Brown is a homeschool momma of three since 2000 and the author of AKAHomeschoolMom.com and Alphabet Smash. Her work has been featured in Proverbs 31 Magazine, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Home Educator Family Times, Greenhouse and others. Christina’s passion is to encourage others to intentionally connect faith, family, and fun. She is a hopeless logophile and always brakes for yard sales. Her writing is inspired from her faith in Jesus Christ, adventures in NC with her Adventure Group, and her 23 year marriage to best friend, Richard. You can connect with Christina on her website, www.AKAhomeschoolmom.com.

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