Letter Sound Id
“Children need to be able to identify at least 40 upper-and lowercase letters prior to small group instruction. The sooner children learn the names of letters, the sooner they will benefit from small group reading.” according to Dr. Jan Richardson., from the book Next Steps in Guided Reading. This is an easy way to reinforce the learning of letters and sounds. All you need to do is print, glue and laminate onto a file folder and off you go! These are perfect for parents to use at home, volunteers to use at school or in an intervention setting. What makes it ideal is that not only is the child learning the letter/sound but will also be associating it with a visual cue. I have used this as an assessment, with my intervention groups and have given them to parents at our Kindergarten Literacy Night as a way for parents to help at home. Included are six pre-made labels with directions designed to adhere to the front of the file folder. Use Avery 5264 Shipping labels for a clean, no-mess look. However, you can just print the labels on regular paper and glue them down. You do not need to use the shipping labels.
The way to use this is to have the child point and say the letter (A a) name the picture (apple) say the sound (“a, a, a”). As an assessment, you can ask students to point to the lowercase r; find the picture that starts with a “f-f-f-f “sound; point to the uppercase B and so on. I have included an assessment sheet to track the progress of your students. If a child can tell you the sound and the letter five consecutive times, then they’ve got it!
The following are the visual cues:
I can easily change pictures if you need different ones for a negotiated fee depending on how many you need.
I hope you will find this useful as a tool in helping your students succeed with their alphabetic knowledge.
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