Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Alphabet Beads




My five year old came home from preschool the other day with a worksheet.  It was a picture of stringing beads.  Some of the beads had letters on them and some of them were blank.  The idea was for her to sequence the alphabet and write in the letters that were missing in the right order.  It was so simple.  Why hadn't I thought of it before?



I had a whole bucket of wooden stringing beads.  What a great way to reinforce learning alphabetical order.  And it helps with fine motor skills.  And you can put those beads in all kinds of patterns.  And you can take it a step further and spell whatever words you want with them.  Genius!

So, I grabbed my bucket of beads and a paint marker and set to work.  I chose to use a white marker.  It seemed to show up better against the bright beads.  I wrote the capital letters on one side and the lower case letters on the other.  I decided to do one set on square beads and another on the round beads.



My daughter has loved stringing the beads.  She likes to make patterns (AB, ABBA, etc) with the different shapes as she sequences the alphabet.


I love them too.  They are so bright and happy!

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11 comments:

  1. These are so cute! Beautiful pictures too! Found you through Preschool Corner. I'm your newest follower!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! And thanks for following!

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  2. So cute! I just stumbled onto your blog. It is great! Love Your photography. Speaking of which, I paint oil pictures and have done several with children's toys. I would Love to paint this photo of beads. I would give you full credit. Karla

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    1. I'm flattered Karla! I'd love for your to paint the beads. Let me know when you finish it--I'd love to see the finished product!

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  3. There are some great "old school" ideas, and this is certainly one of them. Pinning this right now and I look forward to trying this with my kids.

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  4. Thanks Pauline! I'm so glad that I stumbled upon the Kids Co-op...what a great way to gather all of the goodness in one spot!

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  5. I've just lost time browsing through your blog. Love your work Julie. I've featured you this week in my Kids Co-op roundup. http://lessonslearntjournal.com/?p=3123. Is your blog on Facebook too?

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    1. Thank you so much! I do have a FB page. It's pretty new, so not a lot of traffic yet. I'm actually pretty new to all of this bloggy stuff. But I would love for you to spread the word!
      Just look for "like a pretty petunia" and you are sure to find it!

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    2. And I'm so flattered to be featured! Thanks!

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