Sorting is an excellent, hands-on activity for young children. Up until beginning letter recognition, a child’s world has been one of continuity. A block is a block is a block, no matter what way you turn it. A banana is a banana is a banana. Again, it doesn’t matter what way the object is turned.
Letters are different. Shown one way the letter might be a d, but turned around it’s a p. This is a big cognitive step for young children. They need a lot of opportunities to experience letters before they’re asked to memorize their abc’s.
Included in this product are 8 different card sets of lowercase alphabet letters, plus three sorting mats and sorting title cards.. Each set can be identified by color. I did this on purpose as I use a lot of different cards, and I hate it when I find a card and don’t know which set it belongs to. Aaaaaagh! This is the same reason I make colorful backings for my cards. This way I can keep the cards together easily and know where the lost card belongs. It also cuts down on student arguments.
Students sort the letters of the alphabet based on three criteria: Curved lines, straight lines, or both curved and straight. Beginning with the sorting mats, students choose a letter (included cards, or foam or magnetic letters) and place it below the smiley face if it meets the criteria or below the sad face if it doesn't. Once students have mastered this, they get the criteria title cards. These are laid onto a flat surface. Students choose a letter and place it below the correct title. So, the letter l would go below the "straight lined" title card while the letter a would go below the "curved and straight line" title card. This makes a great Literacy Center.