Sunday, June 27, 2010

Our first Letter of the Week: P is for Parker!!

This was our first week to do a "Letter of the Week"......and to be honest.....I had been wanting to do one for a while, but felt somewhat overwhelmed by it, thinking that it would be hard to come up with fun ideas. But it wasn't too bad after all! In fact....I had so much fun planning this week (maybe even more than Parker!). And most of the activities we did...I already had the materials.

For some reason...I didn't want to start with A....so I thought I'd start with P for Parker since that letter would have a little more meaning to her!


For a long time now...we have talked to her about how P is for Parker....and identifying P's (which she has mastered). However....we had not talked to her about the /p/ sound for P. So that's what we really focused on this week as we did all of our "P" activities.

And now....at the week's end.....when I ask her what sound the letter P makes....she will say /p/ /p/ /p/ about 80% of the time (the other 20% she says, /s/ /s/ /s/.....and I haven't figured out why, yet).

Here we go....

We started the week with this activity from No Time For Flash Cards.

She colored her letter P, Purple.

Her Piggy bank was full a while back and we emptied it into a bigger container. So now there is not that much money in there. So we emptied her Piggy bank to Pick out all of the Pennies. And there were 10.

She separated the Pennies from the other coins (with my assistance).

Then we went into the kitchen to glue the Pennies on her P.








After it dried....I cut it out and displayed her craft.



I have been wanting to do this next thing for a while. I have seen it on several blogs...and they are called Muffin Tin Munchies! So in honor of the letter P....her tins were filled with all things starting with P. Starting at the top and going left to right clockwise....Pickles, Peanuts, Popcorn, Pretzels, Pringles, and Pineapple.

She ate some of the food....but this was definitely one of those things that I was more excited about it than she was! :)



We also made our Popcicles!! I have kind of changed my recipe.....now I use about a cup of fruit.....a cup of vanilla yogurt......and about 1/3 cup of powdered sugar. She loves them, and I do, too!

I lined everything up for her....

Then let her dump it all in by herself!


Loving her face here....




This recipe fills up all 4 of our molds.



Aunt Sis brought over her new green blow-up Pool for the girls to play in.

She practiced Pouring in the Pool!!




She also did a Pasta sensory activity. I poured three different shape Pastas into these bowls/measuring cup. For this activity, I thought she might enjoy it a little more with my utensils rather than hers. And I was right! She enjoyed this activity for about 45 minutes!

I let her Pour it into the big bowl by herself.

And she immediately Plunged her hands into the Pasta!




She also shared her Pasta with Lovey.



And we also added in a little fine motor activity of Picking the Pasta up with her Play tweezers from her 'doctor' bag. She did really well with this!



And here is Pretty Princess Parker!! She's really starting to get into dressing-up.

And don't forget her Princess shoes, too!


And she Played the Piano.

Grace even joined in on her little Fisher Price Piano!



We also talked about how Lovey is Pink. Then she said...."Mommy....Lovey's brown." I laughed out loud and said, "You're right, honey. She is kind of brown now."


We also made Pudding.





She Painted her toes with Pink Polish all by herself. She loved this!











Aunt Sis came over later and brought us Powdered donuts.




That afternoon....we had a Pancake Picnic in our living room floor.



Payton was Posing for the camera. She would look at me to make sure I was looking at her...then she'd give Grace some loving.



After our Pancake Picnic.....we Painted with our Pudding. She first did this last summer at Kelli's house with her boys. I also found this idea in the Toddler's Busy Book.







We also made homemade Purple Playdough (she helped me add in the red and blue food coloring drops to make the purple). This is another thing that I was really excited about because I remember my mom making Playdough for us when we were younger and I loved it. The smell of making the Playdough brought back fond memories. However....my sweet Parker was not quite as enthused.....and after helping with mixing the ingredients together....her involvement with the Playdough was over. She's just not a fan of any Playdough these days!






(As I was typing this up, Parker opened the playdough container on her own accord and proceeded to make food for Lovey. Then, later, I found this bottle full of playdough in the refrigerator. Ha!)


And on Sunday afternoon....we made Popcorn to eat while we watched The Little Mermaid (her favorite right now).



We (or at least I) had such a great time doing our Letter of the Week this week. And I am looking forward to future themed weeks. I haven't quite decided about this coming week. I better get to planning!!

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13 comments:

Jen @ lil Mop Top said...

WOW! That must have taken a lot of planning and work but it is super cute! Definitely saving this idea for John John! :)

Jodie said...

Wow! Lots of great ideas for the letter P! Again, I may use some of these ideas in my classroom this summer!...And I must say I laugh everytime I see Lovey in a picture. It reminds of the Wilson the volleyball on Castway. I think it is so sweet how she includes her in everything.

Snider Family said...

I think this is my my most favorite post so far! How awesome are all your activities, I love them all. I went and showed it to Darrin and he thought it was so cool too. Can you please do R next, then E, A, G, A, N? Thanks! :) Can't wait to see the next weeks! Glad you guys had a good weekend!

Kristin said...

What a great P week!!! I can't wait to see what she does this week and what letter it will be!! :) So much fun!!

Giggly Girls said...

P week looks Perfect!

Kelli @ Our Growing Family said...

Great ideas!! I bet Parker loved every second of it!

Viv said...

I posted a comment yesterday but it disappeared, got lost or something! I know you are a nurse but Marla you still have teaching skills too! You amaze me sweet girl! I cannot wait for the next letter too!

Sarah said...

Marla! Kudos on your P week. I used to do letter activities when my first two were little. I'm afraid I wimped out a bit with my last two. They do know their letters...but still. Keep it up.

I would LOVE for you to quilt virtually. Be sure to send pictures (sarahbrennerjones@yahoo.com). I'll keep you updated on our progress. Right now, we'll probably cut out the squares and rectangles June 6th or 7th. I'll post something definite on the blog.

Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Sarah said...

Marla! Kudos on your P week. I used to do letter activities when my first two were little. I'm afraid I wimped out a bit with my last two. They do know their letters...but still. Keep it up.

I would LOVE for you to quilt virtually. Be sure to send pictures (sarahbrennerjones@yahoo.com). I'll keep you updated on our progress. Right now, we'll probably cut out the squares and rectangles June 6th or 7th. I'll post something definite on the blog.

Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Anonymous said...

Oh my you girls are so smart. Did
this take the full day?
I love it.
granny

Matt and Amy said...

Parker is practically a perfect pupil and a pretty princess! I LOVE this post! I wish I had a letter of the week to play with!!!

Emily Miranda said...

Wow Marla! This took dedication! And lots of planning! I'm afraid you'll just have to not get a job as a nurse, or you won't have time for all this!

Robyn said...

I really like some of the hands on "letter of the week" activities you have - much better for my active little man than tracing, cutting, gluing or drawing on letters that are every where! I haven't done a any letters of the week yet with Silas but may do one similar to this (with and S, which he also knows well lol). Love the "P" theme with the Muffin Tin Monday! Will try that too! Thanks for sharing.

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