Family Time Calendar: Get Smart - iVillage

Help reinforce your young readers' newfound skills with this enjoyable afternoon of cutting, pasting and collaging. Your kids don't have to be readers to learn a lot from it. This project is a great way to teach the alphabet and letter sounds.

What you'll need:

2-3 old magazines or catalogs that can be cut up
Blunt scissors for kids to use
Glue
Construction paper
Crayons

What you'll do:

  • Choose a letter of the alphabet to focus on for today's project. Or, give each child a different letter to work on.
  • Have your kids cut things out of magazines that begin with the letter of the day.
  • Help the kids draw the special letter on a piece of construction paper. Then let them glue all the pictures around the letter.
  • Extra credit: Work with your children to help spell the names of the objects they have found. If they're not up for spelling on their own, tell them how to spell the words, but have them practice their letter-writing skills and write the words down on their own.
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