Do your preK, kindergarten, or 1st grade students struggle to learn letter names and sounds? Do you still find yourself teaching these things AND handwriting (correct letter formation) in the spring of the school year? It shouldn’t be this hard for kids to learn these basic skills, but it is. How can we expect Kindergarten students to be reading at a Level D by the end of the year if they still don’t know their letters? The reason why is because we may be unintentionally confusing our students by the resources that we are using to help them.
This past school year, I left my position as a literacy coach and reading specialist to go back into the classroom to teach kindergarten. When I began organizing my classroom I was shocked at the materials I found. I had several different alphabet wall charts, handwriting books that were completely different from the wall cards, and nothing matched the reading series I was expected to use. I was very overwhelmed with all of this mismatched material. If I was feeling overwhelmed, how would my 24 new kindergartners feel?
The chaos that I was looking at felt insane. So, I decided to make my own materials that made sense to me and I knew would made sense to my new learners. This is the product that I would like to share with you. I promise, it will make you look differently at how you teach letters, sounds, handwriting and sight words. You will look back on past teaching practices and wonder how your students ever learned a thing?!
My approach to teaching literacy calls for the resources in our room to work together, not against each other. To help this happen, this product contains:
*Alphabet wall cards for your walls and center areas (in size large, medium, small)
*TWO handwriting/printing books that match the pictures on the wall cards (one to use to introduce the letters in the beginning of the year and another to reinforce letter formation and teaching of sight words)
*Letter learning activity pages that match the pictures on the wall cards and in the handwriting book
*Hands-on Make it Match! letters and pictures for large, small, and individual instruction
*PLUS, tons of background knowledge for the teacher to help make your teaching more purposeful. You will be a better teacher because of this unit.
*Over 350 pages of resources that make sense and provide easy learning opportunities for your students!
Please take a minute to look at the preview. I have searched and searched for a product like this and have found that it does not exist! By using this approach, almost all of my students knew their letters and sounds by October. Most were reading a level C by December and this was not because I work in the best school or had the best students. It was because the way I was teaching made sense. I made the learning easy, not confusing. You can do the same thing. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks for your interest!