Chicka Chicka Boom Boom- Bill Martin Jr. & John
(Click on the book to read more at amazon.com)
The 26 characters in this rhythmic, rhyming baby book are a lowercase alphabet with attitude. “A told b, and b told c, ‘I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree'”–which probably seemed like a good idea until the other 23 members of the gang decided to follow suit. Lois Ehlert’s chunky block illustrations show the luxuriant green palm standing straight and tall on the first page, but it begins to groan and bend under its alphabetical burden. First the coconuts fall off, then (“Chicka chicka… BOOM! BOOM!”) all the letters also end up in a big heap underneath. A very simple board-book version stops there, but this original text goes on to introduce the helping hands of the 26 uppercase “mamas and papas and uncles and aunts. Great for baby to preschool!” (amazon.com)
1. ABC Matching Tree (Pre-Readers & Beginning Readers)
My son knows a few letters by recognition however not always consistently. To help him begin to notice details of each letter I created a matching activity to help him. What a fabulous book to encourage this; every time we read this book to him, we must reread at least 3-4 times as he giggles and repeats the jiggle sentences.
- Letter Stickers
- 2 Paper Towel Tubes
- Green Construction Paper
1. After reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, begin by first creating your “Coconut Tree.” Tape 2 tubes together. Cut out green leaves from the paper and tape on the top of the tree.
2. Write the letters A-Z (captials only, lowercase only, or mixing both).
3. Next, lay the letter stickers out and encourage your child to match them to the letters on the tree.
2. I- Spy Letter Identification Game (Pre-Readers & Beginning Readers)
- ABC Letters (magnets, stickers, or whatever you have available)
- Large bowl or Sensory Bin