One of the things we learn in preschool is our alphabet letters. We learn to identify their symbol and their sound. Teaching letters is not always easy. Mother Goose Time has created fun and engaging activities for students to learn letters and sounds throughout the month.
Learning Letters Through Coloring Pages
Students visually see what the letter looks like as well as a picture of something that starts with that letter. Plus they get to work on their fine motor skills while coloring the letter. I have kept my student’s coloring pages and made individual alphabet books for each child. I let the students look through their books and practice naming the letters. I also use it as an assessment tool to test letter recognition and letter sounds.
Learning Letters Through Hands on Activities
There are several activities that have the students making the letters with different objects and materials. The above picture shows the students making letters with string. We have also practiced making letters with sand, shaving cream, sticks, and our bodies. These activities help students with letter formation. They can see if the letter has a straight line or a curved line as they use materials to create the letter.
Learning Letters Through Song
Mother Goose Time has a few songs available to members only that help teach students letter sounds through the words and music of the song. I have only seen a few songs like this… I would like to see more! My students love them.
Learning Letters Through Movement
This week, we played a game where the students had to search for the letters. When they found a letter, they shined a flashlight on it and yelled out the letter name. We played it again. Only the second time the students yelled out the sound the letter makes. Each month, my students go on a hunt around the room to find letters they know. I use the monthly letters and spread them around the room. The students love this activity. They feel like detectives. Especially since most of the time I let them search with magnifying glasses.
Learning Letters Through Books
When we read the book of the month, often my students search through the reader to look for letters they know. It’s helpful for the students to see that the letters they are learning, when put together with other certain letters, makes up words. Words can be read.
Learning our letters has been a lot of fun so far this year. I’m excited to continue learning letters through these multiple ways.
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