This week for the letter “E” we learned about Elephants, Earth, and Egypt. Here’s a picture of our learning board:
We made this cute elephant from No Time For Flashcards. Charlotte wanted to make an orange elephant instead of a gray elephant, so that’s what we did.
Elmer by David McKee. This was a fun story about Elmer, a patchwork colored elephant who got tired of being different from all the other gray elephants, so colored himself gray to fit in. You’ll have to read the story to see how it turns out!
Horton Hatches the Egg and Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss. I had forgotten how much I liked these books. They have such good lessons to teach about persevering and being faithful and keeping your word.
For an Earth craft, we made this Puffy Paint Earth from No Time for Flashcards. I made WAY too much of the mixture, so I had her paint a letter “E” as well and let her make her own creations after we finished. It was fun and really easy. Just go easy on the amount of shaving cream…
I Can Save the Earth and I Can Save the Ocean by Alison Inches. Both of these books star Max, the Little Green Monster and are filled with lots of fun lessons for kids about how to be green. The books also introduce new vocabulary words such as reduce, reuse, and recycle. I thought they were a great way to teach kids about treating the Earth well.
Fancy Nancy: Every Day is Earth Day by Jane O’connor and Robin Preiss Glasser. Of course, if there’s a Fancy Nancy book on the topic, we’ll be sure to check it out. In this book, Nancy learns all about how to be green…from bringing totes to use at the grocery store to riding bikes instead of driving. There are cute little rhymes/sayings that are fun, like “Please take note. Always bring a tote.”
Ms. Frizzle’s Adventures: Ancient Egypt by Joanna Cole. This book introduced lots of facts about modern day and ancient Egypt. It is similar to the Magic School Bus books and has lots of information packed onto each page. Charlotte enjoyed it and I thought it was a fun way to teach younger kids facts about Egypt.
I also took the opportunity to read any Bible stories out of our children’s Bibles that took place in Egypt.
Verse: James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” For our verse, we made this Easy Scripture Memory Gift Box from Impress Your Kids.
We also used music to help learn our verse this week. Seeds Family Worship has a CD titled “The Power of Encouragement” and one of the songs on the CD is James 1:17. Putting verses to music is such a helpful way to learn and remember!
I loved explaining to Charlotte that SHE was one of the “good and perfect gifts” that God has given me!