This morning we continued our study of the letter “A” by talking about ants. I read two books to the children this morning. Ants in My Pants by Norma Vantrease is a simple rhyming story about some ants who come inside a little girls house to eat the crumbs in her pants’ pockets. The other book I read was The Ants Go Marching One By One. While this book didn’t use all of the traditional rhymes to the song, it was more fun to look at the pictures as we sang the song than if we were just singing it.
After our story we made these letter “A” anthills with ants crawling on them. The children practiced tracing the “A’s” with their fingers before gluing them to a red piece of paper. To make the ants I helped the children dip their fingertips in black paint. They used three fingerprints to make each ant. When they were dry the children used a marker to draw 6 legs and 2 antennae on each ant.
For snack time today the children made ants on a log. I gave each child a plastic spoon, a piece of celery, some peanut butter and raisins. None of the children actually ate the celery, but the peanut butter and raisins were a hit. 🙂
I had wanted to take the children outside to observe some real ants, but it rained. Maybe we will try next week.
Finally, I helped the children complete this letter A worksheet I created.
We had a great morning and will start learning about the letter “B” on Monday. Have a great weekend.