I’m working on creating an alphabet frieze inspired by nature to add to my preschool classroom. I want to make letter sound correspondences for all 26 letters using materials from by bioregion (Northeastern U.S.). This is a work in progress, and I will update this blog post as I progress. I hope to have it ready to share at a workshop I am teaching at the fall conference for the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children.
To construct them I have cut out cardboard letters and attached the materials. I want them to hang in my class all year, so I am using Mod Podge to add some durability to them. I want to use materials that are readily available and will be recognizable to my preschool students. I want these to be real materials, that will lie mostly flat, and will dry and still look nice. My list so far:
B – bark, butterfly, buds, bugs, Birch Bark
C – clay, coneflower
D – dirt
E – eggs, eggshell
F – feathers, fur
G – grass
H – horsetail, hay
J – Juniper
K – knot weed,
L – leaves, lichen
O- oak leaves
P- pine needles, pine cones, pebbles
Q – quills (anyone have some to donate?)
R- rocks, roots
S – snakeskin
V-valerian (though kids wouldn’t know this one)
W – wheat, weeds
Y- yarrow (need to find some to dry)
Z -Zebra mussels (and teach about invasive species?)
Some of the letters are kind of stumping me, but I’ve asked a few friends to help me brainstorm a materials list. A special thanks to all the smart folks on the FaceBook groups “Loose Parts and Intelligent Playthings” & “April’s Teaching Tree”!
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How about cattails for C?