During the summer I present various reading workshops across the state of Alabama. One common question is: " How do you teach letters and sounds?" That is actually a tricky question because there are so many activities that you can use to practice letter knowledge. However, NOTHING takes the place of explicit, intense letter instruction. I usually introduce the letter(s)/sounds on Monday, using large alphabet cards and telling the children "This is letter "T'". Then I do activities all week that cause children to find, write, read, recognize, and spy the letters anywhere we can find them. So the pics below show all of things that we do during a common week. Friday is my BIG review day for letters. As the week goes on, the responsibility begins to rest on them, not me, to name the letters.
Monday- letter introduction
Tuesday- letter recognition (finding the letter(s) in daily news, small group texts, etc.
Wed- writing the letter in whole group and small group
Thurs- Naming the letter upon command
Fri- Review all letters taught
Here is good rule of thumb: IF THEY CAN"T RECOGNIZE THE LETTER, THEY CAN"T NAME THE LETTER!!! In other words, if you place two letter cards in front of them, one being "T" and the being "A", and they can't point to letter "T" on command, they will not be able to name the letter when prompted. Recognition comes before letter recall.
www.crystalandcomp.com. They are letter of the week animals. How cute is it!! LOVE these!!