The alphabet is one of the most important things for children to learn- knowledge of letters and their sounds is key to learning how to read and write. Young children need practice with recognizing both uppercase and lowercase letters, identifying and writing those letters, and understanding letter-sound associations. When you provide children practice with these skills, you help open the door to literacy.
Two of the best predictors of early reading success are alphabet recognition and phonemic awareness. These two skills- knowing the letters and the sounds they represent and being able to identify these sounds with automaticity- are essential for early reading development. This course is full of ideas to help you incorporate alphabet recognition and practice letter-sound associations into your entire day, so that children get maximum exposure to these skills. The units, one for each letter of the alphabet- can be used in alphabetical order or any sequence that meets the needs of your class. Activities include practice and reinforcement in recognizing and identifying letters, forming and writing the uppercase and lowercase versions of the letters, and making connections between the letters and their sounds.
Each unit, covering one letter, includes five days of activities. These include sheets that involve tracing, coloring, cutting, and gluing.
The activities in this course are designed to meet the PreK-1 literacy goals and recommendations established in a joint position statement by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the International Reading Association (IRS):
-Understands that print carries a message,
-Engages in reading and writing attempts,
-Recognizes letters and letter-sound matches,
-Begins to write.