I like to start and end the Alphabet program by singing our ABCs. To start I put out all of the letter magnets and have the children tell me what letter is missing, that becomes our letter of the day. After we go through the letter and some words that start with it I invite each child up to take two letters off the board and put it into my bag. At first all the children like to swarm up and will grab as many letters as they possibly can, but after a few weeks they begin to understand that they must wait until they hear their name called. To help them stick with two letters only I count out loud (this program maxes out at 12 children so I know I will have enough letters). The children get very excited when it is their turn, plus this helps them learn patience and how to take turns!
Building a House
I’m going to build a little house (form arch over head)
With windows big and bright (circle around eyes)
With chimney tall and curling smoke drifting out of sight (wiggle arm up)
In winter when the snowflakes fall (flutter hands down)
Or when I hear a storm (cup hand to ear)
I’ll go inside my little house (cover head with arms)
And I’ll be safe and warm (hug self)
Silly Hat (Tune: This Old Man)
On my head, I wear my hat
It is such a silly hat
That my head will wiggle waggle to and fro
Where else can my silly hat go?
(repeat with different body parts)
Ponies in a Meadow
10 little ponies in a meadow green (hold up 10 fingers)
Friskiest ponies I’ve ever seen (wiggle fingers)
They go for a gallop, they go for a trot (move hands side to side)
They come to a halt in the big feed lot (hold up 10 fingers)
10 little ponies fat and well fed
Curl up together in a soft straw bed (interlace fingers and lay hands in lap)
Source: King County Library System
The children all grab on and we make some waves (fast, slow, big, small) then I ask the parents to hold on to the parachute. The adults lower the parachute and then pop it into the air, the children then go under (lots of happy squeals) and we gently shake the parachute over their heads. We do this 3 or 4 times, there is always one child that doesn’t want to come out but the parents are pretty good about it. Next I have the children hold on again and place foam letters on the parachute. We shake the parachute and watch the letters fly (again lots of happy squeals)!
I always tell the parents to please do not do the craft for their child, feel free to help them use the glue stick but if they want to put an eye where the foot should be well then that’s just artistic license!
H is for Horse!