Thursday, April 19, 2012

Becoming Letter Professionals (and a freebie!)

Please join me in welcoming and thanking Heather from HoJo's Teaching Adventures with her first guest post on Mrs. Miner's Monkey Business!
Heather here from HoJo’s Teaching Adventures. I’ve taught a variety of positions K-5, but in this post I’m going to focus on what I did for letter recognition with my Kinders last year.

Having a Reading Recovery background, I knew there were certain things I wanted to really push with my little Kinders. One of the biggies here was letter recognition! So I talked it over with my school’s Reading Specialist, and we decided that letter sorts that could be done at center time would be awesome! Here are some pictures of what these finished sheets looked like.

I think these worked great! We did the first one together, but then the kiddos took off on their own! There are super easy to check because you just need the same amount of letters in each circle. The “tough” letters (bdpq) have lines to help the students know which way they are going. You can get a freebie of this product here!

Even with the letter sorts the kiddos were using during centers and all of the print I had in the classroom, I still felt like I could do more. I also happen to be a scrapbooking lover, so I decided to combine the two! I took leftover letter stickers and created this fun book with one page devoted to every letter in the alphabet.

My students loved this! They would sit and flip through the pages and say, “Did you know a “w” can be written like this?” “Feel how bumpy this “p” is!” “I’m going to make my “g” look like that during free writing!” and so much more! It was just neat!! The thought of having them create their own mini-book also crossed my mind, but then I switched grade levels and that idea never came to be… Maybe you can try it and let me know how it turns out!? (If you want to see more pictures of my alphabet letter book, click here!)
There are so many other things I could tell you about, but I'll stop there for now. I hope you enjoyed my guest session here, and I look forward to seeing your comments here or on my blog.

HoJo's Teaching Adventures


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