While Amy usually shares wonderful recipes that you can prepared to share at a family meal, I hope you won’t mind my sharing a recipe of cooking up a wonderful learning activity called Cooking Alphabet Soup.
Like most soup recipes this recipe starts with a large soup pot, a lot of water and, a ladle to stir the ingredients. Unlike regular soup recipes this one calls for foam alphabet letters and plastic or rubber treasures that will match up with the letters you put into the pot.
Here are the directions for the soup game:
-Dump all of your plastic and rubber treasure into the pot of water.
-Dump in foam letters that will match the treasures into the pot of water.
-Stir the objects up with a large ladle.
-Have your child scoop up an object for the pot with the ladle.
-Identify the object name of the letter or treasure..
-Identify the sound the letter makes if it is a letter or the sound the treasure begins with.
-Search the pot for the letter or object that will match the first object you scooped out.
-Start a line up of the letters and matching object on the ground or table top.
-Continue the process until all the letters and objects are matched up.
If your child gets frustrated with not finding a match quickly or the game seems to be taking to long, you can just have your child scoop out all the objects in the pot and line them with their matches all up at the same time.
The idea of the game is to have fun working with letters if the game stops being fun you can always just play with the objects in the pot. Your child can just scoop them up and plop them back into the pot.
After twenty years as a elementary school and technology resource teacher in Northern Virginia, Deirdre Smith became a stay at home mom in upstate South Carolina. She and her husband are the proud parents of J. Daniel the 4th and the blog is named for him. Deirdre can also be found on twitter as @jdaniel4smom and on her blog's FB page