Imagine for a moment the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell..."
Now put it to these words:
"The e says eh, the e says eh, Every letter makes a sound, the e says eh."
And now imagine substituting every letter in the alphabet and repeating over and over again for 35 minutes.....congratulations you have just watched Leapfrog's Letter Factory! And this new twist on the alphabet song will be stuck in your head for.....The. Rest. Of. Your. Life.
We recently ordered this Leapfrog DVD and Gracie loves it and it truly has helped her with all of the letter sounds. Who says television is bad for children.....
I'm told this also comes in the form of a refrigerator magnet, maracas, and a plethora of other types of handheld toys so you can hear this song any time of day, no matter if you are at home, in the car, or in line at the grocery store. Woo hoo! Get mama some earplugs!
Now that I'm done with my Leapfrog plug, let's move on to the Letter of the Week!
E is for Elephant
A couple of the books we read....
Eddie Elephant's Exciting Egg-Sitting was great for Gracie because it was a funny story and was specifically written to emphasis the letter E. It also had "elephant facts" in addition to the fictional story. This is apparently one in a series called "Animal Antics A to Z" and I've not ever seen these books before but I will definitely seek them out at the library now.
Elmer the Elephant is a sweet, sweet story about a multi-colored elephant who doesn't like to be different. It's got a great message as well as fantastic illustrations. My mom pulled this one out of her schoolteacher stash and even had an Elmer template for us all to color.
|Greta's Elmer (with a little help from Grandad on the trunk)|
|Mommy's Elmer (if you can't tell, I REALLY liked this project...)|
We also made elephants out of construction paper. I cut out Greta's shapes but just drew them for Gracie and she cut them out herself.
This SUPER fun game was a huge hit with all the kids....Elefun!
But E is not just for elephants......
E is for exercise!
E is for eyes! (this was a confusing one...I've definitely had better ideas...hello let's travel over to....EARS? EEEars??)
And of course....
E is for ELMO!
And lastly here is the E page from Greta's ABC book...