In all my years of teaching kindergarten, I have been so attracted to the cutsie alphabets to decorate my room. Last year I decided to make these alphabet cards to fulfill some personal wishes in an alphabet. I knew I wanted real life
photographs of common objects and big, bold letters. Thank you to KG Fonts for creating my favorite font, KG Red Hands!
I wanted to focus attention on just the picture and letter. Using these cards last year resulted in great success for my students. The simple photos really helped my ELL students, and I chose photos that I could incorporate a kinesthetic motion for muscle memory as well. Lastly, I have a big box of objects matching the photos so that students can get their hands on the alphabet. For example,
I have a stuffed cat and dog, plastic figurines of the alligator and elephant, and an actual beach ball, jump rope, and umbrella.
So...while these are not the cutest, the academic benefits outweigh my personal aesthetic. I have included a description of the hand motions that I use, but you could also use what comes naturally and makes sense to you.
Along with the large cards, I have included a chart of matching images. These are used in many ways in my classroom, including small reading groups and individual writing time. I provide each student with a copy in a plastic sheet protector for personal use.