Preschool

(This was formerly called Getting Ready 1.)

Preschool is for learning the alphabet and their phonetic sounds. It is followed by the McGuffey Primer course where they will begin to learn to read with sight words. They will be at a first grade reading level by the end of that course. In the Kindergarten course, they will continue to practice reading with their sight words and they will learn to read with phonics. They will have around a third grade reading level at the end of that course.

Please check here for a complete explanation of order and content of the three early learning courses. The McGuffey Reader is considered a continuation of the preschool course and follows immediately after this course.

Preschool is mainly meant to prepare students as readers. (You can read my Learning to Read Philosophy here.) Once they can read well, they can do anything. I will also do counting and some basics like shapes, colors, and crafts for small-motor skill practice.

This course is recommended to be used at age 4. If your four-year old isn’t getting it, wait six months and try again. I had two children each start at three, four, and five years old. The children who started at three were starting to pick up sounds and letters and words by asking questions. They were “reading books” by pointing to each word and asking what it was. Basically, they were showing they were ready and interested and motivated to start learning to read.

Your child can watch the videos independently, but they are little and are going to need a parent or older sibling to guide and help. I will put things in bold that a parent or older sibling needs to do with or for the child. It would be great if you would interact with your child with the animal pictures and the alphabet phonetic sounds like I describe. There are many lessons that have something to print which are marked with an *. Those are all found in both the offline workbook and in the printables for the course. Those can be bought from Amazon so you don’t have to print anything. (You can choose to print out the printables if you want.)

This is the only level that runs longer than 180 lessons (when combined with the McGuffey Primer, which comes next). This course has 172 days worth of lessons and the McGuffey Primer has 52 lessons, for a total preschool course of 224 lessons. It only takes a short time each day, and it would be good to keep going and not take a big break when learning to read.

Below, and on the first day, there are links to print out a 100+ page packet of printables for this course. This is also available as a printed book of worksheets.  These are the worksheets that you will need to do the online course.

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This is the Black and White version of the site printables (worksheets to use with the online course, including optional pages). The color pictures either print in grayscale, or they have been changed to black outline pictures so that they can be colored in. NO NEED to get the workbook as well. This will have all you need.

Buy B&W Edition  –  Print B&W Edition

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This is the COLOR version of the site printables (worksheets to use with the online course, including optional coloring pages). It is mostly black and white; the crafts are in color. The offline course workbook has much more color in it. NO NEED to get the workbook as well. This will have all you need. (The color version may not be available in some countries.)

Buy COLOR Edition (US only)  –  Print COLOR Edition

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Here is a PDF of the animal alphabet stories if you’d like a copy to follow along with.

Want to go offline? You can get this COMPLETE COURSE as a workbook in order to work offline. You can choose color or the black and white version. They both contain the same worksheets and lessons. The black and white version either has the color pictures in grayscale, or I was able to get most crafts as black outline pictures so that they could be colored in. There is no need to get the Printables if you have the workbook. It’s all in there.

Materials: 

  • Basic Supplies list
  • Lesson 4 – Yarn, just to hang something with
  • Lesson 69 – Brass fastener (or paper clip)
  • Lesson 74 – Cotton balls
  • Lesson 117 – Food coloring (red, yellow, blue)
  • Lesson 120 – yarn, clear tape
  • Lesson 171 – Six-sided game die

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Lesson 1* (Note that an asterisk * indicates that there is a worksheet on this lesson)

Welcome to your first day of school! I wanted to give you one important reminder before you begin. Many of your lessons below have an internet link for you to click on. When you go to the different internet pages for your lessons, please DO NOT click on anything else on that page except what the directions tell you to. DO NOT click on any advertisements or games. DO NOT click on anything that takes you to a different website. Just stay focused on your lesson and then close that window and you should be right back here for the next lesson. Okay?

  • Listen to the Alphabet Song.
  • Learn about the letter A.
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  • Look at the letter A.
  • *Print out the printables workbook (190 pages) or buy as a workbook to avoid printing. (Scroll up to see the options.)
  • *Use Lesson 1 of your workbook and color in the alligator. Talk about how she says “Aaaaa!” all the time because she’s scared of everything. (A as in cat) 
  • Listen to a story about April the Alligator. These will work on mobile devices. You click on the screen to turn the page on the computer and swipe to turn the page on a cell phone or tablet. Click on the speaker image to listen to the letters and stories. (We previously had these on videos with boy and girl versions of the stories. These are still available on our YouTube page as a playlist. Abraham the Alligator / April the Alligator)
  • This is the end of your work for your first day. You are allowed to move at your own pace (this is homeschooling), but it’s intended you complete one lesson a day.

Lesson 2*

  • Listen to the Alphabet Song.  Sing along if you can!  And learn about the letter A.
  • Look at the letter A.
  • *Use Lesson 2 of your workbook. Have your child trace the letters with a finger. Afterwards just have them trace between the lines of the bubble letters and then color them in. If your child is advanced in small motor skills, you can have them trace the dotted lines, but as far as my houseful of boys is concerned, it’s too early at this point.
  • Don’t forget to talk about April the Alligator that says “Aaaaa!” Point out that her name starts with A.

Lesson 3*

  • Listen to the Alphabet Song   Sing along!
  • Learn about the letter A.
  • Listen to a story about April the AlligatorClick the speaker first. Then click anywhere on the page to forward to the story page.
  • *Use Lesson 3 from the workbook. Have your child cut and glue the alligator. Show your child how to hide behind the paper and talk like he is the alligator. Say, “Hi, I’m April the Alligator. I like to say, “Aaaaa!” Demonstrate and then have your child do it.    

Lesson 4*

  • Listen to the Alphabet Song. Sing along! And Look at the letter A.
  • *Use Lesson 4 and cut and paste the apple. You might want to attach yarn.
Lesson 5

  • Listen to a story about April the AlligatorClick the speaker first. Then click anywhere on the page to forward to the story page.
  • Listen to the Alphabet Song. Sing along! And Learn about the letter A.
  • Read some books together and hunt in your books for the letter A and things that start with an “Aaaaa” sound.

Lesson 6*

  • Listen to the Alphabet Song. Sing along!
  • Learn about the letter B.
  • Look at the letter B.
  • *Use Lesson 6 in your workbook. Color in the bee. Point out the letter B and say “buh, buh…” You could say that she buzzes when she’s going fast, but when she runs out of steam and gets tired she goes, “Buh, buh, buh…”  
  • Listen to a story about Betty the Bee.

Lesson 7*

  • Listen to the Alphabet Song. Sing along!
  • Learn about the letter B.
  • *Use Lesson 7 of your workbook. Have your child trace the letter with a finger and then color it in. Show your child how to start at the top of each letter and to jump back up to the top after the first line. Talk about Betty the Bee and the letter B and the sound “buh.”

Lesson 8*

  • Listen to the alphabet song. Sing along!
  • Listen to a B song.
  • Listen to a story about Betty the Bee.
  • *Use Lesson 8 in your workbook. Find all of the letter B’s. You can give your child a crayon to mark each B as it is found. It’s okay to just color over the letter or to draw a line through it. You can read it to your child, but the point is practicing identifying the letter B. 
  • Act out April and Betty talking together and making their sounds.

Lesson 9*

  • Listen to the alphabet song. Sing along!
  • Learn about the sound of the letter B.
  • *Complete a bee handprint paper craft. Use the worksheet for Lesson 9.

Lesson 10

  • Listen to the alphabet song. Sing along!
  • Learn about the letter B.
  • Look at the letter B.
  • Listen to a story about Betty the Bee.
  • Read some books together and hunt in your books for the letter B and things that start with a “buh” sound.
  • (*)Here’s a coloring page if you want it. (*) means there’s something to print, but it’s really optional, not needed to complete the lesson.

Lesson 11*

  • Listen to the Alphabet Song.
  • Learn about the letter C.
  • Look at the letter C.
  • *Use Lesson 11 and color in the cat. Talk about how she opens her mouth wide and says “c, c, c” as she hacks up a hair ball :)   Don’t worry about the “s” sound that C sometimes makes. That will come later.
  • Listen to a story about Cathy the Cat.

Lesson 12*

  • Listen to the Alphabet Song. Sing along if you can! And Learn about the Letter C.
  • *Use Lesson 12 in your workbook. Have your child trace the letters with a finger. Afterwards have them color in the bubble letters.
  • Don’t forget to talk about Cathy the Cat that says “C.” Point out that her name starts with C.
  • If your child has a hard time pronouncing C, have him place a finger on his or her tongue to hold it down to practice.

Lesson 13*

  • Listen to a song about the Letter C.
  • *Complete a 3D paper cat craft by using Lesson 13. Glue the heads back to back. Then cut the slits. 
  • Listen to a story about Cathy the Cat.

Lesson 14(*)(This means it is optional to print, not needed to complete the lesson.)

Lesson 15

  • Learn about the letter C.
  • Listen to a story about Cathy the Cat.
  • Act out April the Alligator saying “aaaa” and Betty the Bee saying “b, b, b” and Cathy the Cat saying “c, c, c.”
  • Read some books together and hunt in your books for the letter C and things that start with a “c” sound, as in cat.
  • Can you do this cow puzzle?

Lesson 16*

Lesson 17

  • Learn about the letter A.
  • *Use Lesson 17 of your workbook.
    • On the first page, have your child trace the letter with a finger. Afterwards just have him color it in BLUE.
    • Make a circle book: Cut out the circles using today’s print out and staple them together. Or, use paper plates, a hole punch, and yarn to make a circle book. Have your child draw circles on every page. 

Lesson 18*

  • Learn about the letter A.
  • *Use Lesson 18 of your workbook.
    • On the first page, find the letter A. You could use the color blue to mark the letters when you find them.
    • Then use the bear circle craft from today’s print out and help your child make it. Talk about circles.

Lesson 19*

  • Learn about the letter B.
  • *Use Lesson 19 of your workbook. Have your child trace the letter with a finger. Afterwards have color it in BLUE.
  • Listen to a story about April, Betty, and Cathy. Click on the dancing alligator to start.

Lesson 20*

  • Listen to the ABC song.
  • Learn about the letter C.
  • *Use Lesson 20 in your workbook.
    • On the first page, find all the C’s. 
    • Then use the second page to trace the circles. You can use a finger, a fat blue marker, or a blue crayon.

Lesson 21*

  • Listen to the alphabet song.
  • Learn about the letter D.
  • Look at the letter D.
  • *Use Lesson 21 in your workbook. Color in the dog. Talk about how she opens her mouth wide and says, “Duh,” whenever someone asks her if she can do a trick.
  • Listen to a story about Danielle the Dog.

Lesson 22*

  • Learn about the letter D.
  • *Use Lesson 22 in your workbook. 
    • On the first page, have your child trace the letters with a finger. Color it in BLUE.
    • Don’t forget to talk about Danielle the Dog says, “Duh.” Point out that her name starts with D.
    • Find the Ds in the verse on the second page of today’s lesson print out. After you color in the Letter D everywhere you find it, if you like, you could color the rest of the letters in other colors.
    • A NOTE on the verses: These are just my versions of verses. I didn’t put in references because they aren’t taken straight from scripture as a complete verse. I adapted verses for the purposes of these lessons. Some are parts of different verses combined to get more of the target letter. All true, just adapted. (Example: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday… I changed to, “You, Jesus, are the same…” because I wanted something that started with a capital Y.)

Lesson 23*

  •  Listen to a song about the letter D.
  • *Use Lesson 23 of the workbook.
    • On the first page, find all of the letter D’s.
    • On the next page, make a Dalmatian.
  • Listen to a story about Danielle the Dog.

Lesson 24*

Lesson 25

  • Listen to the alphabet song.
  • Paint a picture ALL BLUE.
  • Learn about the letter D.
  • Listen to a story about Danielle the Dog.
  • Act out April the Alligator saying “Aaaa” and Betty the Bee saying “buh, buh, buh” and Cathy the Cat saying “ck, ck, ck” and Danielle the Dog saying “duh, duh, duh.”
  • Read some books together and hunt in your books for the letter D and things that start with an “d” sound, as in dog.

Lesson 26*

  • Learn about the letter E.
  • Look at the letter E.
  • *Use Lesson 26 of your workbook and color in the elephant. Talk about how she has a stutter, and when she tells people about herself she says, “e, e, e, elephant.”  The E is the short vowel sound, like in met.
  • Listen to a story about Elizabeth the Elephant.

Lesson 27*

  • Learn about the letter E.
  • *Use Lesson 27 of the workbook. Have your child trace the letters with a finger. Color them in BLUE.
  • Don’t forget to talk about Elizabeth the Elephant. Point out that her name starts with an E.

Lesson 28*

  • Learn about the Letter E.
  • *Use Lesson 28 in your workbook. 
    • On the first page, find the letter E. After you color in every place where you find the Letter E, you could color the other letters in a different color.
    • On the second page, practice drawing lines. Start each line at the smiley face. This is practice for writing letters. When we write letters, we start at the top.
  • Listen to a story about Elizabeth the Elephant.

Lesson 29*

Lesson 30*

  • Sing the Alphabet Song.
  • Learn about the letter E.
  • Listen to a story about Elizabeth the Elephant.
  • *Make a blue circle picture using Lesson 30 in your workbook. Have your child glue them onto a piece of paper. It doesn’t have to make a picture. It can be modern art. :)

Lesson 31*

  • Learn about the letter F.
  • *Use Lesson 31 of your workbook. Color in the fish. Talk about how Faith says “ffff” when he’s being fried.
  • Listen to a story about Faith the Fish.
  • Put together a fish puzzle.

Lesson 32*

  • Learn about the Letter F.
  • *Use Lesson 32 in your workbook. Have your child trace the letters with a finger. Remember to have them start at the top and then jump back up to the top to trace the lines across. Color the letters in BLUE.
  • Don’t forget to talk about Faith the Fish. Point out that her name starts with an F. 

Lesson 33*

Lesson 34*

  • Learn about the Letter F.
  • *Use Lesson 34 of your workbook to practice drawing lines. Start at the smiley faces.
  • Don’t forget to talk like the animals.

Lesson 35*

  • Learn about the letter F.
  • Use Lesson 35 in your workbook. Find the letter F. Color in the Bible verse page if you like.
  • Read some books together and hunt in your books for the letter F and things that start with an “f” sound.
  • Listen to a story about Faith the Fish.

Lesson 36*

Lesson 37*

  • Learn about the letter E.
  • *Use Lesson 37 of your workbook. Find and color all of the letter E’s. Use green.
  • Make green. Look at the second idea, Green Finger Paint, or use food coloring in dough or water to mix yellow and blue.
  • You can also use this game to mix yellow and blue to make green. Then you can play the game and do what it tells you.

Lesson 38

  • Learn about the letter E.
  • Make a letter E out of clay or playdough. If you don’t have clay, mix 1/2 cup of margarine/butter with 1/2 cup of flour. Or make your own playdough. Use green clay/dough!
  • Make other letters too if you like.
  • Go through your animals and make them talk! Make sure you use their names and sounds!

Lesson 39*

Lesson 40*

Lesson 41*

  • Sing the alphabet song.
  • Learn about the letter G.
  • Look at the letter G.
  • *Use Lesson 41 of your workbook. Color in the goat. Tell your child that Greg says, “Guh, guh, guh” when he’s snorting and banging his hoof on the ground, getting ready to butt someone to get out of his territory! Act out Alligator wandering over to Greg, and Greg says, “Guh, guh, guh, get out of here!” and Alligator says, “AAAAAA!” 
  • Listen to a story about Greg.

Lesson 42*

  • Look at the Letter G.
  • Listen to a G Song.
  • *Use Lesson 42 in your workbook.
    • On the first page, color in each Letter G.
    • Practice drawing lines on the second page.
  • Talk like the animals.

Lesson 43*

  • Listen to a G song.
  • *Use Lesson 43 and find all the G’s in the story in your workbook.
  • Listen to a story about Greg.

Lesson 44*

  • Listen to a G story.
  • *Use Lesson 44 of your workbook.
    • Trace the letters with your finger. You can color it too.
    • On the second page, make a bunch of grapes.
  • Talk like the animals.

Lesson 45

  • Learn about the letter G
  • Want to do a puzzle?
  • *Use Lesson 45 of your workbook. Color the triangles green and blue.
  • Listen to a story about Greg.
  • Read some books together and hunt in your books for the letter G and things that start with a “guh” sound, as in gate.

Lesson 46*

  • Listen to the Alphabet Song!
  • Learn about the letter H.
  • Look at the letter H.
  • *Use Lesson 46 of the workbook. Talk about Harold and how it’s hard for him to run fast and when he tries to run he sounds like this, “h, h, h…” Color in the picture.
  • Listen to a story about Harold.

Lesson 47*

  • Learn about the Letter H.
  • Listen to a song about the letter H.
  • *Use Lesson 47 in your workbook.
    • On the first page, find the letter H, color the Bible verse.
    • Practice drawing lines on the second page. Start each line at the smiley face.
  • Talk like Harold, “h, h, h.”
  • Make a letter H by painting, or using clay, arranging spaghetti, or anything else!

Lesson 48

  • Learn about the letter H.
  • *Use Lesson 48 of your workbook. Trace the letters with your finger and color it in green. Green starts with G!
  • Listen to a story about Harold.

Lesson 49*

  • Listen to a song about the Letter H. 
  • *Do a craft! Use Lesson 49 in your workbook to make a house. Turn the H into a house. Make the spaces the door and window. Add a roof, shingles, flowers, etc. What color will your house be?
  • Talk like Harold and all the other animals. Make sure you connect the alphabet letter name with the sound the letter (animal) makes

Lesson 50

  • Learn about the letter H.
  • Listen to a story about Harold.
  • Trace your hand on a piece of paper. Hand starts with H. If you like, trace it with the fingers pointing down so that you can turn it into a horse. The fingers are the four legs and the thumb is the head.
  • Read some books together and hunt in your books for the letter H and things that start with an “h” sound, as in hat.

Lesson 51*

  • Learn about the letter I.
  • Look at the letter I.
  • *Use Lesson 51 of the workbook. Color in the iguana green. The iguana is obnoxious. He likes to wake people up by pretending to be a beeping alarm clock. He sneaks up to them and says, loudly, “I…I…I…I.”  (the short vowel sound for I, like in hit) 
  • Listen to a story about Isaac the Iguana.

Lesson 52*

  • Learn about the letter I.
  • Talk like Isaac!
  • *Use Lesson 52 in your workbook.
    • On the first page, find the letter I, color in the Bible verse page.
    • Practice drawing circles. Start at the smiley faces. When there aren’t any smiley faces, they should still start at the top! They just need to think for themselves where they are supposed to start.

Lesson 53*

  • *Use Lesson 53 in your workbook.
    • Trace the letters with your finger and color it in green. Green starts with G!
    • Find all the I’s in the story.
  • Listen to a story about Isaac the Iguana.
  • Listen to the Alphabet song.
  • Make an igloo. (You could use sugar cubes too.)

Lesson 54*

  • Listen to songs about the Letter I and Letter I Song.
  • *Use Lesson 54 in your workbook to connect the dots in the order of the alphabet song, a, b, c, d, e, f, g… .
  • Talk like the animals!

Lesson 55*

  • Learn about the letter I.
  • Listen to a story about Isaac the Iguana.
  • Read some books together and hunt in your books for the letter I and things that start with an “i” sound, as in igloo or ice.
  • Listen to the alphabet song.
  • *Use Lesson 55 in your workbook. Color them in blue and green. Cut them out and glue them together into a picture or collage.

Lesson 56

  • Learn about the letter I.
  • Look at the letter I.
  • Can you make a fancy letter I? Make a letter I out of clay or play dough or out of noodles or Duplos or anything else. You can just make it or glue it down.
  • Review G, H, I.
  • Listen to a story about Greg, Harold, and Isaac.

Lesson 57

Lesson 58*

  • Look at squares.
  • Look at more squares.
  • *Use Lesson 58 in your workbook and find all the squares and color them.
  • Learn about the letter G.
  • Hunt around the house for things that start with the letter G. What did you find?
Lesson 59*

  • Learn about the letter I.
  • Listen to a story.
  • Play this shape game.
  • Look at the color red.
  • *Use Lesson 59 in your workbook and color the square in red. Cut it out. If you fold it in half and then again the other way, you can make four squares, and then they could cut out those four squares. 

Lesson 60*

  • Listen to a story about Harold.
  • Learn about the color red.
  • Solve a puzzle. Choose puzzles and then any picture you like.
  • *Use Lesson 60 to make this wreath craft. You can substitute for a paper plate if you want to. Color the circle red, the squares blue, and the triangles green.

Lesson 61*

Lesson 62*

  • Learn about the Letter J.
  • *Use the Lesson 62 page in your workbook.
    • Find the letter J. Color in the Bible verse.
    • Practice drawing lines. Start at the smiley faces, and then still start at the top when there are no smiley faces.
  • Practice drawing lines on page 42 your workbook. Start at the smiley faces, and then still start at the top when there are no smiley faces.
  • Hunt around the house for things that start with the letter J. What did you find?
  • Do things that start with the letter j: jump, jiggle, jerk.
  • Watch a shape video.

Lesson 63*

  • Learn about the Letter J.
  • *Use Lesson 63 of your workbook .
    • Trace the letters with your finger and color them in green. Green starts with G!
    • Find all the J’s in the story.
  • Listen to a story about John the Jaguar.
  • Play “I spy something red.”

Lesson 64*

  • Learn about the Letter J.
  • *Use Lesson 64 in your workbook to make a Jack in the Box. Make sure your child knows the shapes and what a jaguar says: “j, j, j.” Color the shapes red, green, and blue.

Lesson 65

Lesson 66*

Lesson 67

  • Learn about the letter K.
  • *Use page Lesson 67 of your workbook.  Have your child trace the letters with his finger and then color it in red.
  • Play “I spy the color green.”
  • Talk about the animals, their names, letters and sounds.

Lesson 68*

Lesson 69*

Lesson 70

Lesson 71*

  • Learn about the letter L.
  • Look at the letter L.
  • *Use Lesson 71 of your workbook. In the story you will hear that the lion loves to say his name, “Llllllllllee!”
  • Make the letter L with your body.
  • Listen to a story about Lee the Lion.

Lesson 72

  • Sing about the letter L.
  • *Use Lesson 72 of your workbook.
    • Have your child trace it with his finger and then color it in red.
    • Cut out the Letter L and cut it into squares. Then you can rebuild the Letter L.

Lesson 73*

  • Learn about the Letter L.
  • *Use Lesson 73 in your workbook.
    • Find all the Ls in the story.
    • Practice drawing lines.
  • Listen to a story about Lee the Lion.

Lesson 74*

  • Listen to a story about the Letter L and listen to an alphabet song.
  • *Use Lesson 74 in your workbook and color in the Letter L each place you find it.
  • Don’t forget to talk about the animals, their names, letters and sounds.

Lesson 75*

  • Learn about the letter L.
  • Listen to a story about Lee the Lion.
  • *Use Lesson 75 in your workbook. Cut out the sheep and glue it onto another piece of paper if you like and make a scene. Glue cotton balls onto the sheep to make him fluffy!
  • Watch a song about shapes.

Lesson 76

Lesson 77

  • Learn about the letter J.
  • Look at the shape rectangle.
  • Solve a puzzle. Choose puzzles and then any picture you like. Is anything in your picture yellow?

Lesson 78*

Lesson 79(*)

  • Match the shapes. Click on the bottom right choice both times to see the pictures. See if you can match the shape pictures. (Turn off your ad blocker.)
      • If you are using a mobile device, this activity will send you to their paid app. Set your browser to Desktop to bypass that. Directions here
  • Learn about the letter L.
  • Listen to a song about the Letter L.
  • (*)Make a letter L with clay or playdough or noodles or anything else. If you want, your child can glue things onto this L.

Lesson 80*

  • Listen to a story about Harold.
  • *Use Lesson 80 and build a robot with rectangles. Print out this paper craft.
  • Listen to an abc song.

Lesson 81*

Lesson 82*

  • Clean up the color red.
  • Listen to a song about the Letter M.
  • *Use Lesson 82 of the workbook.
    • Trace the M’s with your finger. Color them yellow.
    • Find the Letter M in the story.
  • Talk about Michelle, mmmm….

Lesson 83*

  • Listen to Cookie Monster talk about the Letter M and listen to the M song.
  • *Use Lesson 83 in your workbook.
    • Find the Letter M in the verse.
    • Practice drawing lines.
  • Listen to a story about Michelle the Monkey.

Lesson 84

  • Listen to this Letter M song.
  • *Use Lesson 84 in your workbook and complete the shapes craft.
  • Talk about all the animals, their names, letters and sounds. Have fun!

Lesson 85*

Lesson 86*

Lesson 87

  • Listen to a song about the Letter N.
  • *Use Lesson 87 in the workbook. Trace the N’s with your finger. Color it in.
  • Try this puzzle. You can click on Preview at the top if you want help.

Lesson 88*

  • Learn about the letter N.
  • *Use Lesson 88 in your workbook.
    • Find all the N’s. Color in the Bible verse picture.
    • Practice drawing lines.
  • Listen to a story about Nicole the Nuthatch.

Lesson 89

  • Learn about the letter N and listen to an abc song.
  • Talk about the animals, their names, their letters and their alphabet sounds.
  • *Use Lesson 89 in your workbook and write numbers in the Letter N.

Lesson 90*

Lesson 91*

  • Learn about the letter O.
  • Look at the letter O.
  • *Use Lesson 91 in your workbook. Color in the octopus. She says the short “o” sound “ah” as in hot and pot. She always thinks that she’s getting tonsillitis. She asks people to look in her mouth to check her tonsils. She opens her mouth and says, “ah…”
  • Listen to a story about Olivia the Octopus.

Lesson 92*

  • Learn about the letter O.
  • *Use Lesson 92 in your workbook.
    • Trace the O’s with your finger. Color them in.
    • Find all the Os in the story.
  • Talk about Olivia and make the sound “ah.”

Lesson 93*

  • Learn about the letter O.
  • Talk about the animals and what sounds they make, especially Olivia saying “ah.”
  • *Use the Lesson 93 in your workbook.
    • Find all the O’s. Color in the Bible verse.
    • Practice drawing circles.
  • Make letter O’s with things in your house. (yarn, belt, towel, arms, legs, what else?)
  • Listen to a story about Olivia the Octopus.

Lesson 94

  • Learn about the Letter O.
  • *Use Lesson 94 in your workbook. Practice drawing lines.
  • Look through your animal pages and make their letter sounds!

Lesson 95*

Lesson 96 

 

Lesson 97*

Lesson 98

Lesson 99*

  • Learn about the letter O.
  • *Use Lesson 99 in your workbook to make an oval shape craft.

Lesson 100

Lesson 101*

  • Learn about the letter P.
  • Look at the letter P.
  • *Use Lesson 101 in your workbook. You can color the picture. Paul is used to being in a warm climate. He’s traveling with the circus to a cold location. He can see his breath when he puffs out air, “P, p, p.”
  • Listen to a story about Paul the Parrot.

Lesson 102*

  • Learn about the letter P.
  • *Use Lesson 102 of your workbook.
    • Trace the P’s with your finger. Color them in orange.
    • Find all the P’s in the story.
  • Talk about the animals, their names, their letters and their alphabet sounds.

Lesson 103*

  • Learn about the Letter P.
  • *Use Lesson 103 in your workbook. Find all the letter P’s. Color in the Bible verse picture.
  • Listen to a story about Paul the Parrot.

Lesson 104

  • Learn about the Letter P.
  • Talk about the animals, their names, their letters and their alphabet sounds.
  • *Use Lesson 104 in your workbook and practice drawing lines.

Lesson 105*

Lesson 106*
  • Learn about the letter Q.
  • Look at the letter Q.
  • *Use Lesson 106 in your workbook.You can color the picture. Queenie is the queen bee and she doesn’t like to be kept waiting. She has a sound she makes when she’s annoyed, “Qu, qu, qu” and if you hear it, you better hurry up!
  • Listen to a story about Queenie the Queen Bee. (video Queenie the Queen Bee)

Lesson 107*

  • Learn about the letter Q.
  • *Use Lesson 107 in your workbook. Trace the Q’s with your finger. You can color the Q’s.
  • Use yarn, noodles, or whatever, to make a big Q.
  • Talk about the animals, their names, their letters and their alphabet sounds.
  • Be quick. Be quiet. Quiver. Quack.

Lesson 108*

Lesson 109*

  • Learn about the letter Q.
  • Talk about the animals, their names, their letters and their alphabet sounds.
  • *Use Lesson 109 in your workbook. Find and color every Letter Q in the story.

Lesson 110*

Lesson 111*

  • Learn about the letter R.
  • Look at the letter R.
  • *Use Lesson 111 of the workbook. You can color in the rabbit. This rabbit is always on the move. There’s only one time he stays put and that’s when he’s struggling to pull a carrot from the ground, “R, r, r.”
  • Listen to a story about Robert the Rabbit.

Lesson 112

  • Learn about the Letter R.
  • *Use Lesson 112 of your workbook. Trace the R’s with your finger. Color them in.
  • Talk about the animals, their names, their letters and their alphabet sounds.

Lesson 113*

Lesson 114*

  • Learn about the letter R.
  • *Use the Lesson 114 page in your workbook and find each Letter R in the verse.
  • Talk about the animals, their names, their letters and their alphabet sounds.

Lesson 115*

Lesson 116

Lesson 117

Lesson 118*

Lesson 119*

Lesson 120*

  • Listen to an alphabet song.
  • Listen to a story about Harold.
  • *Use Lesson 120 in your workbook and make a shapes mobile. (Or cut them out and just glue them to another piece of paper.)

Lesson 121

  • Learn about the letter S.
  • Look at the letter S.
  • Use Lesson 121 of the workbook. You can color the picture. Everyone knows when the snake is coming because of the sound he makes as he slithers: “Ssssss.”
  • Listen to a story about Sammy the Snake.

Lesson 122*

  • Learn about the Letter S.
  • *Use Lesson 122 in the workbook. Have your child trace the S’s (starting from the top) with his finger. Have him color it in purple or orange.

Lesson 123*

Lesson 124*

  • Learn about the letter S.
  • Look through your animal pages and have your child say all the letter names and sounds. If they get stuck on a sound, remind them of the character.
  • *Use Lesson 124 in your workbook and color in each Letter S in the verse.

Lesson 125*

  • Learn about the letter S.
  • Listen to a story about Sammy the Snake.
  • *Use Lesson 125 in your workbook and make a shapes book.
  • Look for the letter S when you read together.

Lesson 126*

  • Learn about the letter T.
  • Look at the letter T.
  • *Use Lesson 126 in your workbook. The turtle really doesn’t appreciate when he hears someone tapping on his shell, “T, t, t” when he’s all snug inside.
  • Listen to a story about Timothy the Turtle.

Lesson 127*

  • Learn about the Letter T.
  • *Use Lesson 127 in the workbook. Have your child trace them (starting from the top) with his finger. Have him color in the bubble letters.
  • Hunt around the house for things that start with a “T” sound.
  • Make the letter T out of things in your home. Duplos would be easy.
  • Make your body into a T.

Lesson 128*

Lesson 129(*)

  • Learn about the letter T.
  • Look through your animal pages and have your child say all the letter names and sounds. If he gets stuck on a sound, remind him of the character.
  • *Use Lesson 129 in your workbook and find each Letter T in the verse.
Lesson 130*
  • Learn about the letter T.
  • Listen to a story about Timothy the Turtle.
  • *Use the Lesson 130 page in your workbook to make train tracks.
  • Look for the letter T when you read together.

Lesson 131*

  • Learn about the letter U.
  • Look at the letter U.
  • *Use Lesson 131 in your workbook. The unicorn is known for not looking where he is going and can sometimes crash into things. When he does, this is what you hear: “U.” (This is the short sound of U like in up.)
  • Listen to a story about Ulysses the Unicorn. This auto-plays the sound.
Lesson 132*
  • Learn about the letter U.
  • *Use Lesson 132 in your workbook.  Have your child trace the letters (starting from the top) with his finger. Have him color them in.
  • Listen to an abc song.
Lesson 133*
  • Learn about the Letter U.
  • *Use Lesson 133 in your workbook.
    • Find each Letter U in the story.
    • Practice drawing lines.
  • Listen to a story about Ulysses the Unicorn. This auto-plays the sound.
  • Together, think up words that rhyme with sun, pup, cut.
Lesson 134*
  • Learn about the letter U.
  • Look through your binder and have your child say all the letter names and sounds. If they get stuck on a sound, remind them of the character.
  • *Use Lesson 134 in your workbook.
    • Find each Letter U.
    • Cut out the big Letter U for a game. Hold onto your U.
Lesson 135
  • Learn about the letter U.
  • Listen to a story about Ulysses the Unicorn. This auto-plays the sound.
  • Glue the U (from Lesson 134) upside down on a piece of paper. Draw lines to turn it into an umbrella. Draw on a scene too if you like.
  • Look for the letter U when you read together.
Lesson 136*
Lesson 137*
Lesson 138
Lesson 139
  • Listen to a  letter sound song.
  • Learn about the letter U.
  • Look through your animal pages with all the letters and have your child say the names and sounds of the letters. 
Lesson 140
  • Listen to a story about Harold.
  • Look through a book together and have your child spot any letters he recognizes.
  • Listen to an abc song.
Lesson 141*
  • Learn about the letter V.
  • Look at this letter V. Do you know what V word is in the picture?
  • Look at this letter V. What letter V word is in this picture?
  • *Use Lesson 141 in the workbook. Victor drives a pretend ambulance in a circus act. The car makes this sound, “Vvvvv.” 
  • Listen to a story about Victor the Vulture.
Lesson 142*
  • Learn about the Letter V.
  • *Use Lesson 142 in the workbook. Have your child trace them with a finger and color them in brown. 
  • Look through all your pages and talk about the letter names and sounds.
  • Listen to a colors song.
Lesson 143*
Lesson 144*
  • Learn about the Letter V.
  • *Use Lesson 144 in your workbook. Find each Letter V in the verse.
Lesson 145*
Lesson 146*
  • Learn about the letter W.
  • Look at the letter W.
  • *Use Lesson 146 in your workbook. William’s act in the circus is called “The Helicopter.” He stands on his head and spins with his tail bent to one side so his tail goes around like helicopter blades and sounds like this, “W, w, w, w, w.”
  • Listen to a story about William the Walrus.
Lesson 147*
  • Learn about the Letter W.
  • *Use Lesson 147 in your workbook. Trace and color the W’s.
  • Look through your all your letter pages and say the names and sounds of the letters. Use the animals to help memories. 
Lesson 148*
Lesson 149*
 Lesson 150(*)
Lesson 151*
  • Learn about the letter X.
  • Look at the letter X.
  • *Use Lesson 151 of the workbook. Xavier has been trained to do a back flip any time he hears someone open a can of soda, “X (Ks).”
  • Listen to a story about Xavier the X-ray Fish.
Lesson 152*
  • Listen to an abc song and learn about the Letter X.
  • *Use Lesson 152 and trace and color the X’s. Remind your child to always jump to the top of the letter. 
Lesson 153*
Lesson 154*
  • Listen to an  abc song and learn about the Letter X.
  • *Use Lesson 154 in your workbook.
    • Find all the X’s in the story.
    • Practice drawing lines.
Lesson 155*
Lesson 156
Lesson 157*
Lesson 158
Lesson 159
Lesson 160
  • Listen to Starfall’s letter A song.
  • Listen to a story about Harold.
  • Make a black and white craft. Cut black and white strips of construction paper. Attach white strips spaced out along a black strip. Attach one on top, the next under, the next on top. Do the same with a black strip along the bottom. Show your child how to weave the other black strips through. Fold over the loose ends and cut or attach them.
  • Listen to an abc song.
Lesson 161*
  • Learn about the letter Y.
  • Look at the letter Y.
  • *Use Lesson 161 in your workbook. Color in the yak. The yak is a hard worker and when he gets tired, he yawns and makes a “y” sound.
  • Listen to a story about Yolanda the Yak.
Lesson 162*
  • Learn about the Letter Y.
  • *Use Lesson 162 of your workbook.  Have your child trace it (starting from the top) with his finger. Have him color it in.
Lesson 163*
Lesson 164*
  • Learn about the Letter Y.
  • Listen to an alphabet song.
  • *Use Lesson 164 in your workbook and color in each Letter Y in the verse.
  • Look through your animal pages and have your child say all the letter names and sounds. If they get stuck on a sound, remind them of the character.
  • Make a letter Y out of yarn; you could glue it to yellow paper or use yellow yarn. Or, just make a Y out of anything.
  • Make a Y with your body.
Lesson 165*
  • Learn about the letter Y.
  • Listen to a story about Yolanda the Yak.
  • *Use Lesson 165 in your workbook and make a silly yak craft.
  • Look for the letter Y when you read together.
Lesson 166*
  • Learn about the letter Z.
  • Look at the letter Z.
  • *Use Lesson 166 in your workbook. Color in the zebra. Zach (or Zoe) is allergic to bees and will start galloping as fast as possible if he (she) ever hears this sound, “Zzzzz.”
  • Listen to a story about Zoe the Zebra.
Lesson 167*
  • Learn about the Letter Z.
  • *Use Lesson 167 of the workbook.  Have your child trace the letters (starting from the top) with his finger. Have him color them in purple or orange.
Lesson 168*
Lesson 169*
  • Learn about the letter Z.
  • Look through your animal pages and have your child say all the letter names and sounds. If they get stuck on a sound, remind them of the character.
  • Play with rhymes.
  • *Use the Lesson 169 page and color in each Letter Z.
Lesson 170*
  • Learn about the letter Z.
  • Listen to a story about Harold.
  • *Use Lesson 170 in your workbook and turn the Letter Z into a zebra.
  • Look for the letter Z when you read together.
Lesson 171 * (Materials: a six-sided die  This is not in the workbook, so that you can lay it flat as a game board.)
  • Listen to the whole alphabet.
  • Watch the color video.
  • Find the matching letters. This activity is on ABCya. It is free access on laptop/desktop. Mobile devices will ask you for a subscription account.
  • *Use Lesson 171 in your workbook and play the alphabet review game. Roll a six-sided die; when you land on a letter, say its name, sound, and a word that begins with that letter. Keep your place by just drawing a mark on your spot in your color on by using a piece of a post-it-note.
  • Great job finishing the course!  Continue learning to read with the McGuffey Primer. This is considered a continuation of this course. Keep going! This is perfect for the “summer break” between Preschool and Kindergarten.
Lesson 172
Time to switch courses and start the McGuffey Primer.

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