Home School Preschool Letter B

Well, things have been busy here in our neck of the woods! We had an absolute blast learning about the letter Bb in our home school preschool - and it was my week to teach at our preschool co-op so I'm excited to share a couple of things from there as well (and a FREEBIE).

As I mentioned in The Kick Off to Our School Year post, I am working through the alphabet with my almost 4 year old, while doing kindergarten with my oldest, and let's just say we are still finding our rhythm. Despite the craziness, we are having so much fun and learning so much! It is amazing to see how far they have come since last year.

So, we started by talking about the letter Bb and the sound it makes. We made the "buh, buh" sound and talked about some words that start with Bb. I would call out a word, and if it started with Bb, they would act like they were bouncing a ball. If it didn't, they stood still. We practiced writing it in the sky, in the carpet, on brother's back, on the whiteboard, and finally on paper.

We also spent some time searching for things that start with the letter B sound in the house. And there are so many options for this letter! My boys had a blast running (literally) through the house saying, "Buh, buh, balloon!" or "Buh, buh, backpack!" They even found a few things I hadn't thought of!
The items we found were a blanket, a book, a balloon, a bag, a backpack, a box, a bandanna, a bouncy ball, a ball, a bell, and a brown glove.

With the shorter week (Labor Day was Monday), we didn't get to do the hide and seek with these items, but I highly recommend this activity if you have the time! You simply take some of the items your kiddo identified as starting with Bb, hide them around the house, and see how long it takes him to find them all. This is great for getting some energy out!

One of my absolute favorite books for this week is Brothers Forever by P.K. Hallinan. Let me tell you, if you have boys, you simply must get this book! I think I cry in it just about every time that I read it! It is a simple yet beautiful book about the bond between brothers. I cannot recommend it highly enough. You can use my affiliate link to order it by clicking on the picture below.

We also practiced identifying capital and lowercase Bb. We used the green dot marker for capital B, and the yellow dot marker for lowercase b. Yes, a few got washed out because we spilled some water on the page - oops!

We also practiced sorting capital and lowercase Bb.

Now, I have been so impressed by the improvement in fine motor skills in my almost 4 year old in the past year! So, if you've got a 2 or 3 year old who is struggling, don't stress! It will come! Simple practice pages like these have really helped him:

  As I mentioned before, it was my privilege to get to teach at our preschool co-op this week. This is our third year with this group and it has been amazing! This week we were working on letter B and reviewing letter A. So we did a big picture sort, using a pocket chart.

Then, we moved to the table, where the kiddos got to practice doing this on their own. Click on the picture below to download this activity for FREE!!  PREP TIP: If you're doing this activity with a group, cut out the pictures ahead of time and place them in a zip-top bag or paperclip them to the paper. It saves a bunch of time and really allows the kids to stay focused on the phonics of the activity.

We also had plenty of opportunities to get outside this week! We enjoying playing basketball, hitting the baseball, and going for a bike ride with Daddy when he got home from work. Now, on this bike ride, they rode past a friend of ours, who is currently building houses a couple of blocks away. Of course, there were several pieces of scrap wood, and my hubby asked if they could have it. Well, to make a long story short, they brought it home and started their own project. Well, what do you do when you're learning about the letter Bb and have a bunch of scrap wood? Build a boat, of course! The boys absolutely LOVED this!!
I know it doesn't look like much, but for these boys, they think it's the boat that can take them around the world. And that's what it's all about right? Fostering creativity and imagination! Since this picture was taken, they've added a flag, an extra layer of cardboard, lots of duct tape, and a few swords (sticks) and rocks - just in case. Daddy is going to make some finishing touches (and make sure it's safe) and they're going to try to take it out on a nearby lake this coming weekend! They are counting down the days!

Now, you probably don't happen to have a bunch of scrap wood lying around, and if you're anything like me, building a boat seems a little ambitious! But you can bring this same idea inside with these awesome Baking Soda and Vinegar Boats from Sugar Aunts.
Baking soda and vinegar react in this movement and power STEM activity to power a boat made with recycled materials. This is a fun outdoor STEM science experiment for kids.

And to wrap up our week, we headed to the beach. No, I don't plan an extensive field trip every week (CRAZY!!), but we were headed there to celebrate my dad's birthday with the fam! We had a simply wonderful time - we were even able to spot some dolphins along the coastline. Such a blessing to be with family!

Well, there's a glimpse into some of the activities we did this past week, learning about the letter Bb. So, how has your week been? Are you working on a letter this week? What are your ideas for the letter Bb? Comment below with your questions or ideas! I'd love to connect with you!

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