After I wrote this post, I went searching for more to share with you. Here are just a few of the articles I read that share more information about how to teach the alphabet in a meaningful way:. Neuman and Kathleen Roskos. Ideas from the Reading Recovery Council regarding phonemic awareness. Your email address will not be published. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Great ideas! I really like that name book. Is letter of the week really bad?
It just makes more sense, in terms of how children learn, to relate letters to things they know. Perhaps pick one small way to step away from letter of the week and see how that goes for you? I have worked with many professionals and I am currently taking some classes.
Thanks — these ideas are great! Regarding your thoughts about Letter of the Week… I never used that sort of thing with my older two kids; they picked up their letters with very little difficulty, mostly after a lot of reading and talking about letters. However, my third child was not catching on, so I have found that the discipline of going through each letter with lots of meaningful activities math-related, forming the letter, crafts, movement, fine motor, songs, books, etc. I would love to hear more of what you think on this. I have just begun this and would certainly be interested in improving it.
I am a former teacher, but with an early elementary focus, not early childhood. Hi there, Anna! Thanks so much for taking the time to check out Fun-A-Day! However, I firmly believe that working within meaningful, contextual activities is the best way to teach children about letters, reading, writing, etc. When I refer to letter of the week, I mean creating a week for just one letter and only really focusing on that letter throughout the week.
Also, the age of the child would play into any supplementary activities I planned. Thanks again!! Hi Mary! I checked a couple times and then forgot! Thanks for commenting on my blog today. My little guy is pretty young — not yet 3. He is starting to pick up his letters and numbers pretty well now — just not at a rapid pace. No worries, Anna! No need to stress him or you out — playing is the name of the game!
These are fantastic ideas for learning letters! I am also a former Reading Recovery Teacher.
Love it! Thank you so much! These are such great ideas- what a wonderful resource! Thanks so much, Stephanie! I have a big smile on my face right now! In my opinion, if your daughter is showing interest then you should run with it! Thank you for the mention in this post, I appreciate it. Your specific examples of letter learning are spot on. Have you read Literacy Beginnings by Fountas and Pinnell?
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We did an online book study on it two years ago on the blog- fabulous read on this topic. Hi Vanessa! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and leave me a note! Hello, I came across this post as I am starting my first year teaching first grade.
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I found this post and links informative because I also believe children need to learn in context. The similar way in how sight words are taught. What are your thoughts on teaching that? I am worried about reaching especially my lower performing kiddos. Most of the basal instruction books given to us for intervention are meaningless.
Any ssuggestions would greatly be appreciated. Thanks so much for the kind words, Annie! I definitely agree that words need to be meaningful too, even more so for kids who are struggling. Keep a list of known words for each child, as well as a few words you want to work on with each child. Make emergent readers on your own that contain the needed words. Have the child help you, and it will be more meaningful to him. Use those magnetic letters — have the child make a word with you, then mess it up and make it again kind of like when using the name kits.
I hope some of that is useful! Thank you for this wonderful post! You make many good points! Thanks for stopping by, Emma! I totally love this! I am sharing it with my blog Regarding Nannies for our creative nanny wednesday tomorrow September 4, Love the blog! Thank you so much, Alice! How has your nephew liked some of the ideas?? Awesome post! Thank YOU!
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We homeschool- and I was wondering if you have any advise on a 6 year old nearly 7 that is having difficulty retaining? Thank you so much for your comment, Janiece. I am sorry to hear that your child is having some difficulty retaining information about letters. Her name is always a great place to start, in my opinion. Additionally, I would get some specific information based on the assessment you had done previously. There are often resources they can point you to, as well as additional assessments.
I hope my general response is somewhat helpful! Thanks so much for stopping by!
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You obviously know your child the best, so my suggestions would be just that. For a 3-year old, I definitely think you need to keep it simple, fun, and quick. I would definitely start with the first letter in his name, as names are so important to children.
checkout.midtrans.com/cubas-de-la-sagra-ligar-con-chicas.php Talk to him about the first letter and the sound it says in a conversational manner. I hear it.. Hi, I was wondering your thoughts on teaching sight words? I have 3 of my lowest who can decode, but sight words are low. They are on level C. I want to be able to teach them other strategies to. Do you have anythoughts?