Thursday, February 24, 2011

Once Upon A Book: Alphabeep!


Book Summary: This colorful picture book is a vehicle lover's dream-a whole alphabet of automobiles, trucks, machinery, and road signs. From "Ambulance" to "Zamboni," each page has a lower and uppercase letter displayed, a vehicle, a description and illustration that emphasize the spotlighted letter.

Painting with Cars-Jonah had a fun time dipping the wheels of his cars in paint and rolling them on paper. I chose cars with wheel patterns that would make interesting prints on the paper. We used a large piece of paper from our Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Easel outside on a warm day to have more room for painting.

We used our 1-10 number inserts with our Education Cubes and played the Parking Lot Game. (Visit link for a full explanation of the Parking Lot Game and to download a printable of the game mat.)

We sorted, counted, and made patterns with Transportation Foam Beads. (I purchased these from Oriental Trading several years ago, but can't find the correct product when searching on their website.) I wrote my tips for using these foam beads as math tools here.

Jonah put together our Lauri Toys Lace and Link Letters in ABC order and drove his cars on the "Alphabet Road." Each time he crossed a new letter, he said the letter name. We did this repeatedly.

Jonah also drive his cars on the Highway Letters to practice letter formation from Making Learning Fun.

Additional Resources
We used the Transportation Tot Pack from Homeschool Creations for all sorts of Transportation fun!

We also revisited the Cars Tot Book from 1+1+1=1 at Jonah's request.

It was a jam-packed Transportation unit for us! We didn't even get to everything I want to try, but then again, with my car-crazed little guy every day feels like a Transportation unit!

1 comment:

Jdaniel4smom said...

I am so looking for this book.