Saturday, October 07, 2006

E week: plans

If there's anyone out there who's actually reading this blog for ideas, I'm not going to be very helpful for the next three weeks. We're headed to San Diego on Monday (E week) and we'll be doing preschool (sort of) while we're there. Then the next two weeks we'll be in Utah, so we'll be reviewing ABCDandE (sort of) while we're there. But here are some ideas for E week:

  • Make eggs for breakfast (experiment with different kinds of eggs.)
  • Eric Carle author unit (This is always so much fun since his books are great. I love to do collages in his style.)
  • Look at the car engine and read books about how it works.
  • Learn more about fire engines (or go to a fire station to see one close-up!)
  • Write a letter to everyone you love. Or have a party with every friend.
  • Help your preschooler learn how to empty the garbages.
We'll be having eggs for breakfast one day, looking at the car engine (hopefully the uncles can help Connor out with that one), and getting a picture with everyone in our family! Connor also just got an etch-a-sketch, so we'll have fun drawing pictures on that. We'll also try to get on the computer when we can to check out and the weather.

And we have our word cards and poem that we'll review everyday:
word cards: everyone, engine, empty, elephant, egg

by: Laura E. Richards

Once there was an elephant,
Who tried to use the telephant-–
No! no! I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the telephone–
(Dear me! I am not certain quite
That even now I’ve got it right.)

Howe’er it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the telephunk;
The more he tried to get it free,
The louder buzzed the telephee–
(I fear I’d better drop the song
Of elephop and telephong!)

Be sure to stick with words that start with the short E sound (/e/) like in the word elephant. Not words that start with the long E like in the word eat. This week is about really knowing the short sound of the letter E. The students I tutor who are in first and second grade still have trouble remembering the short E sound. I like the clue for this sound from the Letter Factory. It's an "old man" in a rocking chair saying "eh?" like he can't hear the question. It works!


Lizzy said...

just in time! i'm in charge of E this week for our preschool. I was trying to do the hard sound first but could only think of easter stuff. now i have a whole new world (much more exciting too) of E stuff.

Have a wonderful vacation!!

ashley said...

i love all your ideas. pax loves the letter factory and E is his favorite one to recite. he loves the old E rocking too!