Letter A Activities for Tot-School

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We just completed our letter A activities in our tot-school this past week so today I am sharing a round-up of all the activities we did as well as the resources we used for each activity.

Letter A tot-school activity ideas for ages 3-4.

For each week of tot-school that I plan with the letter of the week theme, I divide into 8 sections with one activity per section for the week:

  • Bible
  • Practical Life
  • Fine Motor
  • Sensory
  • Pre-Writing
  • Gross Motor
  • Reading & Math
  • Craft (typically themed with our Bible lesson)

Our Bible activity each week does not necessarily go with the letter we are doing since we are following the monthly theme our church sets out in their Bible school curriculum. So I will just briefly list that activity at the end of this post.

Items Needed for Letter A Tot-School Week

Each week I use our Weekly Homeschool Planner pre-school pages to plan out the week and also list out the items I need for each week. Here are this week's items:

Our Letter A Tot-School Shelves

This was the setup of our shelves this week. You can also check out my separate tot-school room post to see how I have our school area set up.

Letter A tot-school shelves.

Practical Life Activity – Washing Apples and Slicing

Letter A Apple Washing practical life activity.

Fine Motor Activity – Stringing Airplane Beads

I used pipe-cleaners on this, but you could use lacing string as well.

Letter A stringing Airplane beads.

Alligator & Airplane Lacing Card

I used the links above to the alligator and airplane graphics, laminated them, cut them out, and then used a hole punch to make them into a lacing card. Then I tied a lacing string on the end of each.

Letter A lacing cards.

Letter “A” Play Dough Mat

Letter A play dough mats.

Acorn Fine Motor Tray

I set this up with the Montessori wood sorter tray, fine motor tweezers, glass acorns, and also a glass container to keep the acorns in when she isn't using the activity (keeps them out of reach from baby brother too).

Acorn fine motor tray.

Apple Tree and Acorn Play – Optional

Ellie came up with this all by herself, using the play dough mats, wooden apples, and glass acorn beads.

Letter A Apple tree.

Sensory – Apple Scented Play Dough

This is a recipe I made last year, Green Apple scented play dough and it's a guest post over on Life Over C's.

Green apple scented play dough

Pre-Writing – Sand Paper & Wooden Letters

We don't have our sandpaper letters yet, so I used the moveable alphabet cards and sand writing tray from our Montessori by Mom Language box, and also Handwriting Without Tears. We also used the Montessori: Letter Workbook.

I started this activity by having her trace the capital letter on the tray above and repeating “start at the top, big line down.” x2 and then “Little line across.” Then we traced the small A in the Montessori Letter Workbook “start at the top, circle around, line up and then down.”

Then I had her place the moveable alphabet cards in front of the sand and practice tracing or copying the letters in the sand. I also had her put the cards under the sand and trace them that way.

Letter A pre-writing tracing.

Reading & Math – Little Letter A Book

Head over to The Measured Mom to get your Little Letter A book. Ellie really loved this book and we read it multiple times a day.

Craft – Basket for Baby Moses Craft

We actually did not make it to this craft this week, but you can head over to Christian Montessori Network to see how to make the Basket for Baby Moses craft.

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Heather Greutman, COTA

Heather Greutman is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with experience in school-based OT services for preschool through high school. She uses her background to share child development tips, tools, and strategies for parents, educators, and therapists. She is the author of many ebooks including The Basics of Fine Motor Skills, and Basics of Pre-Writing Skills, and co-author of Sensory Processing Explained: A Handbook for Parents and Educators.

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