Jumping Jellybeans!

This week we had fun getting familiar with the letter J and it's sound.  We did some J-related workbook activities and had fun with jellybeans!
We did a jellybean transfer activity using these awesome chopsticks we got for Little Guy back when we went to EPCOT last fall. 
In his typical fashion, Little Guy started out using the grip I'm trying to get him away from, despite my suggestion to use, what we call, his pinchers.  He likes to make sure he's doing things by his own decision, not my request, so I didn't say anything else about it.  Since this grip is much stronger, everytime he'd try to pick up a jellybean this way it would pop right out of the chopsticks.
Eventually, he decided for himself it would work better if he used his pinchers.
We used the Letter J writing practice page (again, using the easel) from Confessions of a Homeschooler.
Sticking with our jellybean theme, we did a graphing activity.  I poured out a handful of jellybeans and made a graph for Little Guy to color in.  I also made a question page so we could answer questions about our graph.
Little Guy counted how many of each color jellybeans there were and colored it in on the graph.  (After we figured out how far up Little Guy should color, I drew a line at the top of that box so he wouldn't go past it.  That seemed to really help.)
Then we answered questions about the graph and Little Guy got to eat some jellybeans!

We played Candyland about a million times this week.  Little Guy is kind of in love with it lately.
I also made up a Jumping for Jellybeans game that Little Guy loved!  I wrote a bunch of words (with an emphasis on words beginning with the letter J) on cut up index cards.  Little Guy started at one end of the rug and everytime I called out a word beginning with J, he could take one jump forward.  If the word didn't begin with J he had to stay still.  If he accidentally jumped on a non-J word, then 2 jumps backward.  Everytime he reached the end, he got a jellybean.   He LOVED playing this game!

This week we read:

My J Book by Jane Belk Moncure
(great intro to letter J and it's sound)

Jamberry by Bruce Degen
(Little Guy liked it, especially since we've been tasting all sorts of different jams and jellies lately)

Jumping Day by Barbara Juster Ebenson

The World that Jack Built by Ruth Brown
(I really liked this one)

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