I introduce the letters in a specific sequence. I begin with the letters that look identical as capital and lowercase (i.e. Cc, Kk, Mm, Oo, Pp, Ss, Uu, Vv, Ww, Xx, Yy, Zz). I always introduce capital letters first. I like to introduce everything with a story. We use AlphaTales by Scholastic.
The next thing we do is put all different stickers on a large blank letter to create a collage. I downloaded my large blank letter from a preschool curriculum we are using called God's Little Explorers. It is an awesome curriculum and I believe she has many things available for FREE! You can purchase the curriculum as one download if you prefer. However, you can find large letters all over the web. Our daughter loves doing this activity because she is obsessed with stickers right now:)
Now comes fine motor work, but not writing/tracing. I may as well state here that I do not have our daughter trace letters at home. She receives Occupational Therapy and I do not want to push her and turn her off to writing by constantly reminding her to hold her pencil correctly. I expose her using more sensory experiences like the sandpaper letters, play-doh and writing in a salt box. She really enjoys Do-a-Dot and that is what we do with our Do-a-Dot page from www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com.
Another terrific resource is Animal ABCs from www.1plus1plusequals1.com. These are just so cool and appealing to preschoolers!
Before we move on to the sound for the letter, I have our daughter do a page that I created to work on visual discrimination and differentiating between the capital and lower case of the letter. We also count how many of each and record it. I use a very easily readable print font at this stage. I am working on something for her with the letter being presented in a variety of fonts, but at this stage it is essential for her to have a strong foundation. If you would like to check out this product you can click on the picture to download a FREE page in my TpT store.
Moving on to the letter sound! Here come some more FABULOUS FREEBIES! This is another one from www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com. These are Letter Hunts with a simple story focusing on one letter. In this case it was Xx. We read it and then she dots the letter Xx ~ you can have your child or students circle the letters or highlight them too. These can be found by clicking the picture below:)
Now a poem: A FREE printable from www.education.com/worksheets. We read it together and though the directions say to circle the letter...we use little star stickers. I absolutely LOVE these because they use classic nursery rhymes!
The rest of the resources are products from Teachers Pay Teacher. The first two were created by yours truly;) The one below is called Preschool Playlist. It depicts an MP3 player and has objects that have the beginning sound of a given letter. This is straightforward and simple on purpose. When introducing letters and sounds you do not want to bombard a learner ~ exposure is essential at the beginning. This is just good practice and allows for gradual release of responsibility. Before they can select which one is NOT the sound they must be proficient with words that HAVE the sound. If you are interested in checking out my product, just click on the picture below.
My Initial Sounds Hole Punch cards are our daughter's favorite! I am thrilled she loves it because it targets hand strength, eye-hand coordination, and visual discrimination all while reinforcing letter recognition and beginning sounds! The learner has to identify the picture and say what the beginning sound is. Then he or she hole punches all of the letters for that sound. You can check it out by clicking the picture below.
Last, but certainly not least, is the MVP AWARD! Hoooraaayy! Most of you are no stranger to Annie Moffatt at The Moffatt Girls. Honestly, EVERY product she has is a MVP in my book! Her products are creative and fun and appealing to young children. That being said, one of her most versatile products is her Alphabet Money.
Click on the picture of her product cover above to check out how she uses the Alphabet Money with her little girl. I like to use mine as positive reinforcement when working with a particular letter. In a previous post I discussed how we use the money to "shop" for things that begin with a particular sound. As our daughter is mastering the letter she continues earn money with that letter. She can use it to "purchase" a little something from a treasure chest I have with trinkets from the dollar store.
Thank you Annie for this GREAT product! It is truly a MVP!!!