We begin school this week! I've been busy in my room decorating and trying to make it look inviting and fun for the students. As I am working I have been thinking of my little kinders that will be coming to me soon.
What will they know already? How much of the ABCs will they need help with? Will they know how to write their name?
So I am trying to get my mind geared with activities that will help these little guys on their way to learning the alphabet and to recognize and write their names.
This is a favorite activity for my kinders. They are the Letter Expert for the day. I put the letters from their name plus a few extra into a basket. They get to sit in a special chair and hold the basket for their friends to pull letters out of. The student tells the Letter Expert the name of the letter they drew out and if they think it is in the Letter Expert's name or not. The Letter Expert tells the student if they are correct or not. They also tell the student the name of the letter if the student doesn't know the name of it. They love this game!
I like letter sorts for my students. They must pay attention to the formation of the letters- are the letters made from straight lines, curved lines, or both? It really helps student to pay attention to the attributes of the letters.
Rice Box Activity
A definite favorite is the Rice Box! There are many ways to use this: hide the letters in their name and they must match the letters up to the ones on their nameplate, find and match lower case to capital letters, and you can even use numbers in different ways. You can fill the box with rice, sand, beans, pom poms, etc... I would place the box on a cookie sheet to help contain the rice or other materials to help with clean up!
How Many Letters in My Name?
Kids love anything to do with their own name so this is a fun activity for them. They find their name card and place it in the chart. Then count the letters and place the number card in the chart. Then they can use a pointer to "read" the chart.
We also read our ABC chart every day...every day! Forwards, backwards, across, down, vowels only, etc...
Matching Capitals/Lower Case Letters
14 Different Ways to Sort the ABCs
4 Different Letter Sorts
Learning Your Name!
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