A while back, I had posted about the book The Alphabet Tree by Leo Lionni.
I love how the book ties in beginning writing with showing how the letters can join together and make words and then the words can join together to make sentences. I haven't quite figured out when I am going to read it to my kids, but I will do it within the first couple weeks of school. I made these cute little leaves so the kids can make their own alphabet tree.
I will copy them onto green construction paper and have the kids cut them out - good fine motor skill practice! Then, depending on their level, they can put letters, words or sentences on their leaves and make it into a cute tree. All you would need is a brown trunk and maybe a little bee, if you are so inclined!