Hello! Today we are exploring the letter E! There is a lot of fun happening here!
This is part of our alphabet lesson plan series, and the second in our set covering the five senses. Last time we learned about D is for Delicious! I hope these plans are helpful for you as you plan full preschool lessons at home or if you are just looking for some fun, educational, and budget-friendly activities for kids. Come along as we talk, sing, read, write, and play our way through the alphabet!
Print the Quick Reference “E is for Ears!” Preschool Lesson Plan
Visit the Preschool Lesson Plan Index to see what free plans are published or in the works!
Sing the Welcome Song. As we sing “Hello to All the Children in the World” each week, we are learning greetings in different languages. Today we started talking about those languages with the first in the song, “Bonjour!” We found France on a world map, comparing it to where we live. I shared a few facts that I knew Little #3 would find interesting, including personal ones such as who he knows that has lived there and what Dad and I saw when we visited. We also practiced saying some other French phrases.
|Someday I’d like to get a large world map and stick a pin in every country we have visited!|
I introduced E as our new letter for the day. We looked at the capital and lowercase E’s and talked about making them with straight shapes and curvy shapes. While tracing the three lines on the capital E, I said, “One, two, three, rhymes with E.” This helps distinguish E from F. We used a squishy bag (Ziploc filled with flour and water) to practice tracing the big and small E’s. We flipped the bag over and practiced writing E without help and a few other letters. Little #3 loved the feel of the bag.
I introduced the sound of E (long and short) by reading and reviewing the book Erin and Her New Pet by Joanne Meier. Erin and her pet Penny go for a walk where they hear and meet “e” creatures.
I gathered several objects that begin with the first five letters of the alphabet into a bag. I taped each letter A-E on a wall (you could also put them on the floor). Little #3 pulled objects from the bag and sorted them to the correct letter according to their beginning sounds. This is a difficult activity, and Little #3 definitely needed help. A simpler version is sorting by whether or not the objects begin with E.
Are there any body parts that begin with E? How about elbow, eyes, or ears? Last week we learned about the sense of taste. Today we are learning about ears and the sense of hearing. We talked about what kinds of sounds we can hear. What can we learn from different sounds? What would it be like if we could only hear and not see? We closed our eyes are talked about some of the sounds we could hear like an ambulance, the clothes dryer, and our own breathing. Do you know how your ears work?
We read Ears Are for Hearing by Paul Showers. This was a great introduction to how ears work with basic pictures accompanying understandable and correct explanations.
Good listening skills are important for being polite, learning in school, and understanding others. We discussed how good listening skills include eye contact, being quiet and still, and paying attention.
We practiced being good listeners and following directions by playing Simon Says.
One of the most beautiful things we can hear with our ears is music. We read Mole Music by David McPhail. I love this book. The message teaches of persistence, while the illustrations are captivating and tell their own story of the good music can do when it touches hearts, and how our actions have far-reaching effects even if we don’t know it. Besides, who doesn’t love moles?
Little #3 practiced writing numbers as he listened and guessed the order of the instruments. You could circle the instrument you most want to learn how to play.
Little #3 used his imagination to create instruments of his own. I loved watching him engineer. He thought of using water and experimented with it in a couple of his instruments.
We ended up with many instruments making all different sounds. You could also use items such as spoons, boxes of noodles, pots, etc. to make a “house band.”
While I read, Little #3 made an E to match Elmer using this Color by Letter Patchwork E Free Printable. He also traced the capital E’s.
Hopefully we’ll see YOU next time as we continue learning about the senses with smell and F is for Fragrance!
Be sure to follow by email to receive a note to your inbox when new posts are published.
Leave a comment to let me know what activities your Littles are enjoying, what types of posts you’d like to see, or any other questions or thoughts you have. I love hearing from you. Share pictures on social media using #lovinlifewithlittles. Thanks for visiting and Happy Preschooling!
This post may be shared at some or all of these link parties that I love.
*This post contains affiliate links. Shopping through those links is a nice way to support Lovin’ Life with Littles at no additional cost to you. Thanks for your support!