Written by contributor Roan of Joyful Always.
This year my youngest child is in Kindergarten. I wanted to make something special to remember this year, but I knew that if I planned something too ambitious, I may not finish it. I finally decided on an ABC Book.
The supplies I used are:
- one 12×12 scrapbook 3-ring binder
- 14 12×12 clear page protectors
- 26 12×12 white cardstock pages
- stickers that begin with various letters of the alphabet. Sticker sets with a theme like the farm or the zoo usually have items that begin with many different letters.
- a Bible verse that begins with each letter of the alphabet, printed out on colored paper
- a 3 inch tall cut out of each letter. I used my Cricut to cut the letters out of printed scrapbooking paper
- various cutouts from preschool workbooks that I had on hand–items that started with various letters
Before the school year began, I labeled a file folder with each letter of the alphabet. I filled each folder with the cutouts that my child would glue on each letter’s page, and any other item that pertained to that letter. In my Sonlight Instructor’s Guide I penciled in various letter activities on each week’s plans. I found most of my ideas online from various preschool and kindergarten sites. Since my current Kindergartener is the last of five children, I have many learning your alphabet type activities on file.
What did we include in the ABC book?
- the letter and Bible verse for that letter
- a page where he glued pictures of items that began with the letter (These pictures were included in my Sonlight Instructor’s Guide, but you could get these pictures from most anywhere–old preschool workbooks, clip art, etc.)
- any writing assignment from that week (I take dictation, type his writing in a tiny font, print it out, and tape it in the book.)
- various art activities like gluing cotton balls on a C or jewel stickers on a J
- paintings or other drawings that include the letter (a hand drawn map for M, making matchbox car tire tracks with paint for T)
- We filled the remaining white space on each page with stickers and other workbook cutouts of items that start with the letter.
Here is part of our letter K page:
Here is a rainbow from the letter R page:
Each week as we complete learning a letter, I gather all of the things he has made, my tape runner, and two pages of white cardstock. Together we assemble the pages, and then I insert them into page protectors and place them in the scrapbook. It’s that easy!
Roan is the homeschooling mother of 5 children who are currently in grades Kindergarten, 2nd, 7th, 9th, and 11th. She writes about homeschooling, homemaking, and exercise at her personal blog, Joyful Always.
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I love the collage style of this! So cute. Thanks for the great idea!!
Great idea, Roan! most of my best preschool/k activities have come from you7
I love the idea of using clear page protectors. That really makes it last. I’ve found that older kids (like 3rd or 4th grade) can create more challenging ABC books modeled after Graeme Base’s book Animalia. Coming up with sentences where almost every word starts with one letter is a nice way to practice alliteration.
thank you for this! My 6yr old struggles with learning letters (well, letting me show/teach her – lol) but this is working brilliantly! Thank you
Did you get the bible verses that correspond to each letter from a specific place or did you find them yourself? That sounds like a great addition to the album. I am starting to prepare my supplies to begin this with my daughter in the fall. I started an ABC book with my oldest child several years ago but never finished! He is way past knowing his letters now but I have looked at it several times and know we need to finish it…for memories sake. 🙂