Wednesday, January 26, 2011

L Week

Well, I can honestly say that I have had great intentions of starting a letter of the week series with Lauren but life has a way of getting in the way of our grand plans, right? Even though it took us way longer than I ever expected to get through our L week, I am still really glad we stuck with it. Two major things came out of our time focusing on the letter L. Number one, we had FUN together. Not that we don't always have fun, but I was worried that starting a letter of the week curriculum (if you can even call what we did that) would be more burdensome and painful than fun and easy. Number two, Lauren can recognize the uppercase (mama) and lowercase (baby) L!

I am hoping that we will make it through all the letters of her name before baby Easton arrives, but I am not going to add that stress to my life. We are going to do what we can do and I will post our fun here as I can and am able! With preparing for a new arrival (just 11 weeks away) and trying to get my house completely clean and organized, I just haven't had as much time or brainpower as I thought I would to get this thing rolling. Anyway, on to the fun!!!


We started our week with the Frog Street Press Letter L song and poster. I really thought Lauren would love this but unfortunately they weren't a huge hit. We'll keep trying!!! I thought the Larry Lion song was cute, but she was being weird about it.

Then, we got out this super fun book and built the letter L! Lauren LOVED this activity and even though we started with the letter L  we ended up going through the whole book!


We spend a lot of time Loving on her babies. She really has such a tender heart to her animals and babies. I love watching her be a little mommy. :)

We read the book, Is Your Mama a Llama, and did a Llama craft to go with it.Lauren really enjoyed the book and the craft was a big hit with her too. Of course, she is really into using glue right now. I let her pick the color construction paper we put the Llama on. She chose purple. I was not surprised. Idea from here.

We also used play-doh to make L's and trace them with our fingers.  

We went to the Library with friends and had a blast picking out new alphabet books!!! I can't find our pictures of the outing, but it was a great little field trip!
The biggest hit of the whole week was the L letter hunt. I got the idea from this blog but didn't have a magnifying glass so we used a flashlight. This activity was seriously SO easy and will definitely be one we continue with each letter because she is obsessed with it! I took out some post it notes from my messy cabinet and wrote upper and lowercase L's on them. Then, I "hid" them all throughout the house. Lauren used her flashlight to go to each room and search for the L's. She loved it. We had to play it again when daddy got home and have had to play it many times since then.

Finding a letter L.

Another big hit was pulling our our do-a-dot markers (totally recommend investing in these fun markers!) and placing dots on the letter L's.

We used this ladybug do-a-dot page as well. Both of these are from COHS

I made up this little sheet after seeing a similar one here. Our printer has been on the fritz, so I just quickly wrote up my own. She had to find the letter L's and place a dot on them. I was shocked how well she did. She recognized both upper and lowercase L's with no assistance from me!

 I had big plans to tie in a whole day learning about and doing fun activities with our bible story for the week, Daniel in the Lion's den. Although that didn't happen, we did have a lot of fun reading about Daniel and those Lions in many of her Bible books.

We also made an L is for Lion craft from here

We used finger paints to create L art. I used finger paint paper and cut out upper and lower case  L's  out of contact paper. Once I put those on the fingerpaint paper Lauren could paint to her hearts content. When they were dry we peeled the contact paper off and had perfect letters!

 Here is our wall of L stuff from our study. What fun to see the results of our work!!!

Next up...the letter.... 



  1. you are so awesome! I'm saving this post!!

  2. I absolutely love the picture of her feeding her baby. So precious!! Can't believe how much she's changing and growing!