Alphabet Notebook ~ Tot School

Here are some photos of the ABC notebook we are making for Tot School.

We began with the letter Bb, because K had a great interest in B and was already naming it, it was a natural place to start. I made several pages in Microsoft Publisher (you could use any image program) like this for both my 6yr old and my 2 yr old. They are making the notebook as a joint project, but the purpose is for K. K colors on the page and I will say, “K– color the beetle” and he will scribble on the beetle. P gets a word list form me and then writes the words for all of the items on the page.

I also include an intro page, which is pictured on the right for the letter Kk below, of just random K’s that were in Microsoft’s clip art. I am sure you can get them from their clip art website, as well as their graphics. On the left is a page with the letter in different fonts. I don’t use this page with K much yet but P likes it a lot and as K progresses it will be neat to show him different forms of the letters.

Here’s a photo of our recent Kk pages, K’s on the left and P’s on the right.

And here you can see K pointing to his friend Kingsley, who is pictured on his K sheet! We have tons of fun putting people’s photos (and pets) on the sheets and naming them as well as the items.

I believe in teaching the alphabet naturally. I am not really a letter of the week type of person, although I know it works well for some. Our alphabet teaching is built into our playing and everyday life. Our ABC notebook is just a journal of this basically. That’s why we didn’t start with A, K doesn’t much care for A yet!! :) We moved on to K since it starts his name. He really likes W too so we will do that soon.

Another thing we do in way of teaching letters is use the Leap Frog – Letter Factory dvd. These dvds teach sounds the correct way! I have never seen anything better that teaches letters and sounds to children than these dvds. I am not a big plunk your kid in front of the tv mom either, so we use these dvds as just a minor extension of our teaching. Both of the boys love the entire series of these, and it reinforces skills for P every time he watches with K. If you don’t own these and have any kids 5 or under, get them!!!!

Above all, teaching the alphabet should be fun, just like everything else in the tot school stage. If we are working on the notebook and K suddenly thinks it’s not fun any longer…we stop. Same with the dvds, or books, or any teaching methods. If it’s not fun, it won’t work at this stage!


  • Jennifer

    Could I add a link to your blog on mine? I was about to create a little blog list of places I like to visit…

  • Laura

    Carisa -

    I love the alphabet book and the gentle way you let your wee one participate. We absolutely plan to join in on Tot School when we start back to ‘school’ in July. Our two youngest are 14 months and almost 2. Should be a hoot!

    Thanks a bunch for all of the great resources,
    Laura

  • Homeschool Madness

    So totally cute! I always get the best ideas from you…may I lift this one too??
    Homeschool Madness

  • Carisa

    Thanks for the kind compliments ladies! And of course you can *lift* my ideas, that’s why I share!! :) If I can make someone else’s life a bit easier through this blog, then it has served its purpose!
    God Bless,
    Carisa

  • CC

    I love the alphabet book!!!

  • Valerie

    Ummmm? Are we like inSync or something? We just started our AlphaBugs Note/Lapbook.

    We’re going A-Z with different insects and creepy crawlies. We posted some beginning pictures on our Tot school Post this morning!

    That is too funny, We even got binders, …. But we got black ones……..so there :>

    Blessings,

    Valerie