The beginning of the school year is all about the basics: colors, shapes, numbers to 10 and the ABC's. Upon meeting my new students I learned that I had a small handful that knew very little of the alphabet . . . not even some of the letters in their names. The first month or so of school this is my "Alphabet routine":
1. Introduce the letter of the day
by using our "magic pointers" to write the capital letter in the air,
erase w/ our "magic easers" and then write the lower case. (our reading
program starts w/ a daily intro. of the alphabet and then switches to a
letter a week)
2. Play the Name Game: Student
names are written on cards. Students come up and put their name under
"yes" or "no" if they have the letter of the day in their name or not.
Once all the names are in the pocket chart we count the "yes" side and
the "no" side and discuss which side has the most, least or if they are
equal. I later outline the letter we found on the student cards with a
high-light marker. This game is played daily until be reach the end of
3. Students go to the tables and do a worksheet that focuses on the letter of the day.
That little handful of students who
were still having trouble recognizing the letters in their name got to
do a fun activity with me to help them. I blew up the letters in their
name beforehand and cut the letters apart. I asked each child what the
first letter in their name was and whether it was upper or lower case.
Once they answered, they received the letter and got to decorate it with
various things (dot stamps, markers, paper squares and beans). When
they finished the first letter, we continued with the next and so on
until all the letters were finished. The letters were mounted onto
black paper. The kids were so excited to do this with me. Not only did
it help reinforce the letters in their names, it looks fantastic! For
additional practice later in the week we had the students build and glue
smaller versions of the letters onto a piece of paper. I've added the
blown up letters to our Freebies section under Language Arts for any of
you who want to try this with your students. Let me know how it turns
Click here to get this freebie.