Change it up for the little ones! Letter ID skills can be fun and exciting. It doesn't have to be all charts, posters, and magenetic letters.
Book Search Send pairs of children/letter detectives to the classroom library to each find a book. Have the pairs sit down and find the desired letter in the words within the book and instruct them to show each other what they find. They can then tell each other (or help each other recall) if it is an upper- or lowercase version of the letter. Once pairs have helped each other to confirm that they both found the correct letter, and they think they know which case it is, they can bring the book to the teacher or the assistant to show they found it. Trust me when I say they will want to go back and find lots more! You will be amazed at the excitement (and sometimes organized chaos in learning) that goes on with this activity. The more buzz among the children about what they are learning, the more learning you will find happening. You are also teaching that words are made up of letters. :)
Letter Swat Hang a wide piece of poster or bulletin board paper on the wall. Write in wide marker or tape prefabricated large upper and lower case letters on the paper randomly. Provide a child with a fly swatter and set him or her off to the poster to swat the uppercase letter "k". Have children take turns swatting letters they've learned, or have a "Letter Swatter" job for a student at your morning meeting! Create side-by-side posters and have a letter-swatting relay race! Children can swat-spell their names, their friends' and pets' names, etc. This activity can also be done with letter sounds or sight words.
A Few More Interactive, Tactile Activities... Go to PreKinders.com to find Letter Basketball, Candy Letter Match, and Alpha-Band! These are can't miss activities to engage those little ones in recognizing the letters of the alphabet!
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Colleen T. Mantell, M.S., Ed. Founder, President Beyond The Standards Inc. Prof Dev Instructor -PQAS Certified PA & MD Certified Teacher -Early Childhood Edu -Elementary Edu -Family & Consumer Sci -Psychology Published Author -Peer-Reviewed Journal Kindergarten Enrichment Teacher Wife and Mother of Three