Monday, September 12, 2011

Long-Term Letter Book (Take 2)


(Blogger really doesn't like the photos in this post and keeps messing with them. I'm trying to work it out. My apologies for the poor layout.)

We took our time with this project. Over the course of a few weeks, we did some work on it some days, let it sit on the shelf some other days. Sometimes we talked about what else we could do to complete it. Sometimes we ignored it completely. And then, one day, it was done. And it was quite beautiful.

The kids each made letter books, twenty-six pages long, fastened with binder rings. About halfway through the project I asked myself why on earth I wasn't having them make ONE book altogether. But the truth of the matter is this was a project to get Vance really familiar with the alphabet. And I didn't want to leave Fifi out.

Believe it or not, across the 52 letters, we used over 30 different media. This was a very tactile project, sometimes stretching the little ones' fine motor skills to the limits. It also got them analyzing letters in terms of curves and straight lines. You could make an M out of dried spaghetti, but not a D, for example.

It was a perfect project for rainy days. I love the inspiration the kids found in the most random of household objects. And I love the keepsake books they can hold onto forever.

Here's a list of some of the materials we used:
rice
buttons
sequins
popcorn kernels
Q-tips
macaroni
dried beans
spaghetti
markers
glitter glue
bubble wrap
tin foil
paint
beads
popsicle sticks
yarn
stickers
tissue paper
felt
feathers
pipe cleaners
drinking straws




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