Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Letter of the Week for J

Jumping Jehoshaphat, (as my grandfather used to say) , look at all this stuff we have for the letter J!!

Our Letter of the Week packet for the Letter J has some fun items hanging out inside for your preschool or kindergarten child, to offer them play and education.

Let's start with "J is for Jaguar": 

As we try to offer with most of our packets, this jaguar craft comes in both color or black and white, so that the kids can color their jaguar if they wish.  All you will need is a little egg carton cell to make the jaguar body, and some strong glue (I like Tacky Glue) to put it all together.

For those students who would like to see a fiercer jaguar, look at the dot to dot page in our jaguar lesson plan:

Of course, another often used creature for letter J is the Jellyfish.  The legs and eyes are all ready to be cute out on one of our craft sheets, and then stapled to a plastic baggie or a shower cap:

 Jellyfish are such odd critters and fun to watch in their ocean element, so a short YouTube video like this one, is great for an introduction:

My kids liked watching this jellyfish over and over, and once they'd seen it, prepping a craft that is mostly transparent, like this one is, makes more sense to them:

We explain how to make the tendrils for this little guy in our packet on a sheet that comes with ready to cut out paper circles. 

We also have a couple fun follow-up jellyfish activities.  One is a puzzle (the What Do I See? page shown up above) and this other printable that involves coloring by letter recognition. 

But there are other Jellyfish activities, too.  Like a puzzle to put together, that shows a pair of jellyfish when all put together:

Now "Jam" is such a good J word, we needed to do a craft with jam.  This one is not i our packet, but I think you could see what an easy and fun add-on craft it is:

Now, if you grew up with a mom who did canning, like I did, this craft may seem a little passe.  And I would love to someday teach my kids about how to actually make real jams and jellies.  But this was not that time.  So, for our jam craft, we used a little canning jar, glue, a paintbrush and tissue paper for the "jam".

We ripped the tissue into smaller pieces, easier to handle, and then glued them into a single layer on the inside of the glass.  This gives us that slightly transparent look, like most jellies have.

After the glue had tried, Caedyn decorated his "jelly" label...and when his label was complete, we glued it on and our little jelly jar was all complete.  J is for Jelly!  J is for Jam!  Whichever J word you use should be just fine.

Another fun project in our Letter of the Week packet, that I wanted to mention is a very fun activity that goes along with the book, "The Jacket I wear in the Snow" by Shirley Neitzel.

This is a fun little story in the tradition of "The House That Jack Built", where one thing builds on another.  After reading aloud this story to your preschoolers, it would be very fun for them to color this reading literacy page and then cut out the clothing elements and glue them to the child pictured.

And the last craft I want to show you is our "J is for Jet" craft.  This one's in our packet, with easy cut-outs and all that is needed to finish it off is a water bottle, or a slender white foam tube, which is what we used here.

Needless to say, THIS was my son's favorite.  He won't be forgetting "J is for Jet" for quite awhile.

For a lot more J activities, both printables, reading literacy activities, flash cards and a Letter J Matching Game, head over to our teacher store here.

For the other letter of the week packets, we offer the following blog links with crafts included.

Letter of the Week for A

Letter of the Week for B

Letter of the Week for C

Letter of the Week for D

Letter of the Week for E  

Letter of the Week for F

Letter of the Week for G

Letter of the Week for H

Letter of the Week for I

Letter of the Week for J

Letter of the Week for K

Letter of the Week for L

Letter of the Week for M

Letter of the Week for N

Letter of the Week for O

Letter of the Week for P

Letter of the Week for Q

Letter of the Week for R

Letter of the Week for S

Letter of the Week for T

Letter of the Week for U

Letter of the Week for V

Letter of the Week for W

Letter of the Week for X

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