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Nicki, a preschool teacher, says, "To say this product is AMAZING is an understatement! Tara has INCLUDED EVERYTHING YOU CAN THINK OF to make learning letters and sounds fun and ENGAGING! There are so many MULTI SENSORY OPTIONS to choose from to meet the diverse needs of our little learners! ACTIVE, HANDS-ON, PLAY-BASED learning activities and centers allow kids to explore letters, sounds, and paths of motion by seeing, hearing, touching, singing, and moving their bodies to meet all modes of learning for our students! EASY TO READ and NAVIGATE lesson plans allow teachers to teach letters IN ANY ORDER, choose from a “BUFFET” of activities to DIFFERENTIATE for their students needs, and FIND EVERYTHING IN ONE PLACE! There are so many things included it is difficult to even list them all in a review! If you teach letters, sounds, or handwriting you can’t go wrong with the program! It’s like getting Hands-on Exploration Tubs, Handwriting Tubs, Hands-on Centers, Aligned Center Mats, Easy Readers, songs, pocket charts, and explicit lesson plans all for one low price!"
What is The Alphabet Curriculum?
Thanks so much for showing interest in my Alphabet Curriculum! The Alphabet Curriculum is designed with preschool and kindergarten teachers in mind. The Alphabet Curriculum offers a week of engaging and hands-on material per letter for a total of 130 scripted lessons. However, the material can easily be expanded over a longer academic period. Teachers can also rearrange the letters into the order they desire. The idea of The Alphabet Curriculum is you can completely transform your phonics teaching with FUN and engaging, yet still rigorous, lessons. The Alphabet Curriculum is completely comprehensive, so the only thing you’ll need to add in is a few hands-on items/manipulatives! Here is a quick breakdown of what you get:
What is included in The Alphabet Curriculum?
**VIDEO LINKS** (View these detailed videos for a better understanding of the program!)
** Overview video: HERE
** Alphabet Centers video: HERE
** Hands-On Alphabet Tasks/Tubs: HERE
** Handwriting Tasks/Tubs video: HERE
** Actions Demo video: HERE
** Alphabet Curriculum Sound tunes: HERE
What centers are included in The Alphabet Curriculum?
Center #1: Discrimination Cards
Center #2: Linking Cards
Center #3: Cover-It Boards
Center #4: Read, Build, Write Mats
Center #5: Letter Build-It Mats
Center #6: Puzzlin' Mats
Center #7: Discrimination Cards
Center #8: Roll and Cover Mats
Center #9: Tracing Cards
Center #10: Match-Ups
Center #11: Letter Attribute Sorts
Center #12: Letter Sort Mats
Center #13: Capitalization Sorts
Center #14: Letter Pictures
Center #15: Sound Mats
Center #16: Letter Hunt Mats
Center #17: Letter Hunt Mats
Center #18: Letter Pull and Write
Center #19: Letter Pull and Write
Center #20: Letter Hunts
What hands-on tasks/tubs are included in The Alphabet Curriculum?
Hands-On Task #1: Pokey Cards
Hands-On Task #2: Building Block Letters
Hands-On Task #3: Building Cube Letters
Hands-On Task #4: Food Mats
Hands-On Task #5: Dabber Mats
Hands-On Task #6: Linking Chain Letters
Hands-On Task #7: Pattern Block Letters
Hands-On Task #8: Fine Motor Cards
Hands-On Task #9: Mini Block Letter Cards
Hands-On Task #10: Fuzzy Pom Mats
Hands-On Task #11: Sticker Letter Cards
Hands-On Task #12: Highway Letter Cards
Hands-On Task #13: Letter Handwriting Mats
Hands-On Task #14: Fine Motor Mats
Hands-On Task #15: Dough Letter Cards
Hands-On Task #16: Fingerprint Letter Cards
Hands-On Task #17: Geoboard Letter Cards
Hands-On Task #18: Letter Dotting Cards
Hands-On Task #19: Sticky Letter Mats
Hands-On Task #20: Dough Letter Mats
What makes the alphabet curriculum unique?
The Alphabet Curriculum is teacher-created, kid-tested, and most importantly kid-approved! The Alphabet Curriculum takes away that monotonous way of teaching the letters of the alphabet which students sit and listen to the teacher TEACH. Instead, the Alphabet Curriculum encourages guidance from the teacher while the students EXPLORE and LEARN the letters through hands-on and engaging activities that utilize all modes of learning.
The Alphabet Curriculum is made up of 130 instructional days but can be adjusted to fit your classroom needs. The curriculum includes lessons, songs, centers, exploration tubs, and an assessment piece as a way to ensure student growth.
These are just a few highlights you’ll see using the Alphabet Curriculum:
** Kids...TALKING about letters & sounds
** Manipulatives and hands-on material
** Fun and engaging learning experiences
** Multisensory learning approach
The Alphabet Curriculum Scope and Sequence
The Alphabet Curriculum scope and sequence should be viewed as a buffet approach. The individual teacher will need to map out the days and approach to their current school calendar. Please note that the Alphabet Curriculum was created with the teacher in mind, giving the freedom to rearrange the letters within the curriculum at your discretion. You will want to base the number of days spent on each letter according to your students’ current needs.
Letter of the Week Approach: If your current approach to teaching the alphabet is one letter a week, you will not need to adjust or modify this curriculum’s structure. You can teach the letters Aa-Zz or rearrange the letters to the order of your choice. The curriculum includes 26 weeks of material for one letter per week.
Alphabet Bootcamp Approach: If your current approach to teaching the alphabet is in an alphabet bootcamp approach ie., (teach letters Aa-Zz for one day each), you will choose from the included material to take it from a 5 day lesson spread down to a 1 day lesson spread. The curriculum will offer more than enough material for this approach.
Standard Preschool Approach: If you would like to use this curriculum for a standard preschool approach, you will most likely follow a pattern similar to this: Teach all lesson 1’s and 2’s. This will give you material for 2 letters a week and cover the introduction to all 26 capital letters. You will then go back through to teach all lesson 3’s and 4’s. This will give you material for 2 letters a week and an introduction to all 26 lowercase letters. If time allows, you will teach all lesson 5’s as an end of the year review for 26 days or combining 1-2 letters a day to review. Please note you can pick and choose from each lesson and rearrange the order further.
Standard Kindergarten Approach: If you would like to use this curriculum for a standard kindergarten approach, you will most likely follow a pattern similar to this: Teach all lesson 1’s and 2’s. This will give you material for 2 letters a week and cover the introduction to all 26 capital letters. You will then go back through to teach all lesson 3’s, 4’s, and 5’s. This will give you material for 2 letters a week, an introduction to all 26 lowercase letters, and a review of all 26 capital letters. Please note you can pick and choose from each lesson and rearrange the order further.
Standard Homeschool Approach: For a homeschool approach, you can pick and choose from the above mentioned approaches to best fit your needs. Please note you can pick and choose from each lesson and rearrange the order further.
How are letters introduced?
Please keep in mind that the unit is set up "buffet style" which means I don't dictate a letter order for you...you can choose your own order or follow the order set forth by your district. This unit covers capital letters and lowercase letters! You can teach all of the capital first and then go back through to teach lowercase letters, or you can teach capital and lowercase letters simultaneously.
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