11 September 2015

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

This week was our official start back into homeschool for the year. With my 2 girls who are in preschool and kindergarten, we are working with a book each week, tying in language arts, math, and other subjects as we can.

What better book to start the year off with than Chicka Chicka Boom Boom? We have read it before, so it wasn't new to the kids, but we found a lot of fun activites to go along with it as we practiced the letters of the alphabet.
 
The book we have came with a CD of Ray Charles reading the story, along with some fun song versions of the story. So the first 2 days, I just read the story to them from the book, and the other days we listened to different tracks from the CD.
 
For some hands-on-fun, I poured some bags of dry pasta into a plastic tub, and then buried in a set of alphabet magnets. The girls dug through and had to find the letters in order. The first day we used capital letters, the second day we used lowercase.
 
 
 
I found this cute page at http://www.pre-kpages.com/abcenter/
 
I called out a letter and they used Do-A-Dot markers to dab the letter.

 
 
 
We used a coconut tree template to make our own Chicka Chicka Boom Boom trees on construction paper. I printed out bubble letters of each of their names for them to add as well.
 

 
To incorporate some math, I drew some palm trees and put them in a plastic page protector, then we made "coconuts" from playdoh and I made up some word problems for the kids to add and subtract the coconuts from the tree.
 
 
 
We also completed this Hundreds Chart Mystery Picture of a palm tree - you can grab it FREE in my TpT store HERE!
 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREE-Summer-Palm-Tree-Hundreds-Chart-Mystery-Picture-1288756
 
 
 
Our last craft was another tree, made from paper towel rolls and construction paper.
 

 
 
As you can see, we had a lot of fun with the story this week!