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 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.