Today we are half way through the alphabet. I hope your child is enjoying this letter review… and I hope you are enjoying these activities together!
Jack Hartmann Mm song
Printing the letter Mm
Capital M– start at the top, draw a straight line downnn, jump back to the top, slant down, slant up, straight downnnnn (This one is tough as the children want to pick up the pencil between each of the slanted lines. Some struggle with the V shape in the middle and make it more of U than a V.)
lowercase m– draw a straight line down, up on the same line almost to the top, curve and down, trace up the same line, curve and down. (The challenge seen in this letter often is they do not trace on the middle line but make a u shape in the middle so it looks more like a wavy line than an m)
If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Joffe Numeroff — a beloved favorite book. What happens if a hungry moose comes by? You give him a muffin! But, what happens next?
Draw a timeline to show what happened in the story, or make up your own cause and effect story.
Molly the Muffin Fairy by Tim Bugbird– What happens when you make rock hard muffins? Read along to see what Molly and her friends do
Time to bake! Baking with children is a great way to enjoy time together. AND, your child learns math, to follow directions and so much more.
Jam muffins (based on The Recipe Revival’s Peach Jam Bread recipe)
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- ¾ cup jam (I used peach jam)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup buttermilk (don’t have buttermilk? make it— 1 tsp of vinegar in your milk and let it sit for short bit)
- ½ cup fresh fruit chopped into small chunks (I used blueberries)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Set aside.
- In a large bowl beat the sugar and butter until smooth.
- Add the eggs in one at a time while mixing. After both eggs are added, beat for an additional minute.
- Add in the jam and vanilla and mix until combined.
- Slowly alternate the buttermilk and flour mixture while mixing until just combined.
- Fold in the fresh fruit.
- Scoop batter into lined muffin pan
- Bake at 350 for 22-25 minutes .
- Let the muffins cool on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes before removing from pan.
What can your child do to help with this recipe??
- pick the flavor the the jam and fruit
- help measure dry ingredients
- whisk dry ingredients together
- help chop fresh fruit with a plastic knife (depending on type of fruit)
- put muffin liner into the muffin pan
- scrape the mixer bowl
- help scoop mixture into the pan