I LOVED Apples to Zebras! This new preschool and kindergarten language arts unit from Annette Breedlove was easy to follow and extremely well organized. Each unit followed the same progression, gently building on skills and fueling the child’s confidence. The lessons were engaging and fun, and not overwhelming or intimidating at all.
Apples to Zebras is made up of 9 units, with 3 letters taught in each unit except the final unit (which has the two remaining letters of the alphabet). One letter is learned at a time, then three are reviewed at the end of the unit. The student is given rhymes to help remember the formation (upper and lower case) of each letter, handwriting pages, find-the-letter-activities, coloring pages, activities such as dab-a-dot and cut-and-paste to help learn the sounds, and practice associating the sound with words that begin with it.
Each unit review then goes back over the three letters learned with practice writing; identifying the first letter; beginning sounds; read, trace, build, and write mats; and a fun graph-and-roll game.
At the end of this incredible pack (did I mention it’s over 600 pages long!), there are extra activities including a poster, flashcards, alphabet puzzles, 3-part matching cards, and Q-tip cards.
The unit is a great balance of black-and-white pages and color pages so it will keep your kids engaged without draining color ink unnecessarily.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.