Where can I find a toddler homeschool curriculum to teach the letter E?
This week our theme is E is for extinct. This theme gave us the chance to explore dinosaurs, fossils, and wooly mammoths. This theme is a hit for most toddlers. They have so much fun digging for bones in the sensory dirt and making “fossils” in playdough. If your toddler is really curious, be sure to check out my Toddler Curriculum. It’s only $19.99 and includes lesson plans that are perfect for casual learning at home, daycare lesson plans, or a complete toddler homeschool curriculum.
(Go here to read about appropriate ages for this curriculum)
Make the Letter
For this week you can use a sandpaper letter to learn the letter E. The rough texture is interesting for a toddler. Check out my post on how to make your own DIY sandpaper letters.
This coloring page is will have your toddler color the uppercase Es orange and the lowercase Es blue. This printable and more are included in the Toddler Curriculum.
Dig in sensory dirt to find plastic bones. Use a paintbrush to find the bones like a paleontologist.
Make different sizes of bones from clay or salt dough. Once dry, match to the printable (included in curriculum).
Cut the horns and glue them onto the dinosaur. (printable in curriculum)
Print eggs and matching dinosaurs. Tape eggs to large Velcro hair rollers. Tape dinosaurs to smaller rollers. Take dinosaurs out of matching eggs and put back again. (printable included)
Make small “fossils” from clay and once dry put in a bowl. Put an egg tray on the toddler tray. Put one “fossil” in each egg tray opening using tweezers.
You can get these alphabet stamps on amazon, they became a quick favorite in our house and our toddler still gets excited when I pull them out. This printable and more are included in the Toddler Curriculum.
Help your toddler make the letter E using the pattern block E page. You can lay out just the pattern blocks he needs, which make it a little easier for them to learn to do it themselves. you can get the pattern block page from Confessions of a Homeschooler.
Dinosaur Roar is a big favorite in our house and it went perfectly with this week’s theme of E is for extinct. We read this and lots of other books about extinct animals this week.
Letter E Craft
The craft for the letter E was making impressions in playdough (or clay) to make “fossils.” My toddler was really intrigued by the cool shape his toy train made in the playdough.
Our sensory bin base for the letter E was aquarium gravel. This is always a huge favorite. Let your toddler do a lot of free play in the sensory bin this week. Read more about our ABC sensory bins here.
Any suggestions on how to play/get your child interested in the alphabet sensory bins? My son loves sensory bins but is only interested in scooping the rice, cotton balls etc with his construction vehicles. He will take all the items out of the bin and has no interest in them
When Smiley Man does ABC sensory bins, he either plays by himself or I play with him. When he plays by himself I let him do whatever he wants. Sometimes he plays with the items and sometimes he doesn’t. If your son doesn’t, I wouldn’t worry about it too much. But, I would try to do the sensory bins with him sometimes. When I do sensory bins WITH Smiley, we pull out each of the items one at a time. If it has a letter on it, I help him trace the letter and say its name. If it’s just an object, I say the name of the object and emphasize the sound, then we talk about the sound. Even doing this for 5 minutes every day or so gets Smiley Man really interested in the letters and objects. I would try tracing the letters and saying the name of the objects with your son. If he still has no interest, just follow his lead and let him just scoop and play because that’s good for him too. 🙂