Teacher’s Creatures Phonics Puppets are a set of 26 printable alphabet stick puppets that introduce beginning readers to phonics. Each puppet tells a simple, memorable story that teaches a letter sound and corresponding body motion. A list of stories and motions is included with this set. Each puppet can be printed, cut, and laminated, then attached to a tongue depressor.. and you're ready to teach! Children feel a connection with Teacher's Creatures and easily recall their stories and motions (and therefore letter sounds) when learning to read.
Carl the Cat wants to catch critters quickly so he sharpens his claws on a scratching post like this: “c.c.c.” (This is the hard C sound, as in cookie.) The Motion: Pretend to scratch a post, alternating hands and making the sound of hard C with each scratch.
Rory the Raccoon likes to get into your garbage in the middle of the night. She sneaks up to the garbage can, lifts up the lid, and peeks inside like this: “rrrrrr.” The Motion: Pretend to lift a garbage can lid slowly and look inside while making the sound of R. Make your voice go up, like the lid is squeaking.
Iggy the Iguana eats bugs for breakfast. His friends think it’s disgusting so they say “i.i.i.” (This is the Short I sound, as in icky.) The Motion: Look disgusted as you say, “i.i.i.”
Search "Teacher's Creatures At Work" on Youtube to see the puppets in action!
These stick puppets are a two dimensional version of my original finger puppets, which I make by hand with scissors, felt, glue, puff paint, and a sewing machine. Visit www.monacolane.com for more information.
I developed Teacher’s Creatures for my kindergarten class in 2004 and have used them to teach phonics, reading, spelling, and handwriting since then with great success. Year after year, my students fall in love with Teacher’s Creatures. Introduce your students to Teacher’s Creatures and take them on an unforgettable journey into the world of literacy.
Teacher's Creatures are designed for pre-K, kindergarten, and first grade. The three dimensional set at www.monacolane.com is available with letter bags or as a component of The Monaco Method for Early Literacy.
I also have a student set available (Teacher's Creatures Phonics Puppets- Student Set to Color and Take Home) which features a black and white outline version of each puppet for printing, coloring, and attaching to a popsicle stick for students to take home.
Teacher's Creatures Phonics Puppets A-Z are a component of The Monaco Method for Early Literacy (See "The Monaco Method for Early Literacy- K/1 Reading, Writing & Spelling Program"). Visit www.monacolane.com for more information.
I also have songs available for each puppet via email. If you purchase this item and are interested in the songs, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know your TPT user name and which set/s of puppets you own. I will verify your purchase and email you the songs! (This offer only applies to the "teacher sets" with stories and motions, but not the black and white "student sets".)