This foundational skills program is designed to be taught 30-40 minutes everyday and starts out teaching the letters of the alphabet and gets into reading and writing skills. Click on the picture to read about our curriculum in our blog post!
Use these printable alphabet cards to hang in your classroom as the alphabet line or an alphabet banner! There are also a lot of great abc letter games you can play with these cards, including matching uppercase to lowercase, beginning sounds to pictures, and so on. To learn more about these cards and the games you can play, click on the picture to be taken to our Alphabet Animal Cards blog post!
You can use this abc letter chart in so many ways, reading and writing workshops, small groups and whole group. Use it to teach letter-sound association. It's FREE!!! Click the picture to read about 6 different ways to use this ABC letter chart.
These fast, fun phonemic awareness activities should be taught at the beginning of your reading skills block. The alphabet activities in this packet go hand in hand with our Alphabet Animals Rainbow Writing lessons. Continue with the remaining activities to ensure your students' reading success. Click the picture to get more details in our Phonemic Awareness blog post.
Over the first 26 days of school, we teach each letter of the alphabet in order. Using these Rainbow writing pages, you can teach letter sound, formation and identify different things that start with the letter. These pages are great for fine motor development as well as the perfect introduction to a more in depth analysis of the alphabet. Check out our rainbow writing blog where we explain what rainbow writing is and how to do it. Click the picture to be taken to the blog.
We have some great Alphabet PowerPoint Slides that also work as Google Slides that show students real pictures that start with each letter of the alphabet. There are 26 PowerPoints (one slide show for every letter of the alphabet) with 10 slides on each PowerPoint. These slides accompany the Rainbow Writing pages perfectly! Check these PowerPoints out, the Letter Aa Alphabet PowerPoint is FREE!!!! Read our blog about these PowerPoints by clicking on the picture.
After introducing the alphabet using the Rainbow Writing pages, we spend a week working on each letter of the alphabet. We delve deeply into the study of each letter (ie letter name, sound, formation). This lends itself to teaching beginning sounds, blending sounds, interactive writing, sight words, and more! Based on research and experience, we recommend the following sequence to teach the letters.
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Research has shown that this order gives students a good foundation for reading. This sequence is designed to help students be able to put sounds together and start building words. However, you may teach the alphabet in whatever order works best for you and your students.
Day 1: Use these chants to introduce the new letter of the week. Each chant is fun, rhythmic and full of words that begin with that specific letter. Students will love learning the chant and searching through it to find and underline the letter of the week. To add excitement and anticipation, introduce the new letter using clues. Instructions and ideas on how to use these pages are included with purchase. Learn more about Letter Chants in our blog post by clicking on the picture.
Day 2: Use these adorable handwriting pages to teach your students how to properly form the letter and search for hidden letters inside the Alphabet Animal. The hidden letters are written in different fonts so your students can get used to seeing the different variations. Detailed instructions are included with purchase. We explain why teaching handwriting is so important and how to teach it in our handwriting blog. Click the picture to read this blog post.
Day 3: Teach onset and rime with Beginning Sounds. These pages are great for students learning to discern beginning sounds. They are also great for more advanced students who are ready to sound out and phonetically spell words. The pictures are cute and fun for students to color. Detailed instructions are included with purchase. Learn more about teaching beginning sounds in our blog by clicking on the picture.
Day 4: The fourth day of the week is All About the Letter books! We use these books to teach beginning sounds, sight words, reading strategies, and writing! The books become more challenging as the weeks progress. Instructions and ideas for differentiation are included with purchase. Read our letter book blog to see how we use these books to teach 5 different skills! Click on the picture to read this blog post!
Day 5: Your students will love these lessons! With Interactive Writing, your students get to create and write sentences about the Alphabet Animal of the week . Students love feeling successful when they write a sentence of their creation that everyone can read! More details on how to teach Interactive Writing are in our Interactive Writing blog post. Click the picture to read it!
The following pages are to be used when you feel your students are ready. They can be added on to the back of one of the above worksheets, for example if handwriting doesn’t take your students long anymore, you might add one of the new worksheets to the back of it. Or you can skip a week of the above Day 1-5 pages and spend that week teaching one of the following new skills. If you need more advice on how to implement these pages in your curriculum, please leave us a comment on our About Us page. We are happy to help and will get back to you as soon as possible.
Use these pages to teach your students the ch, th and sh digraphs. The worksheets have been differentiated to meet the needs of all your students. Read the blog post to see why teaching digraphs is important and how we teach them. Click the picture to read more about these engaging digraph worksheets.
Use these worksheets to help students practice putting letter sounds together to make words. There are 23 pages included in this packet and they are easily differentiated to meet the needs of your students. Click on the picture to read our CVC words blog post.
These pages help students hear the difference between the short vowel sounds and long vowel sounds. The long vowel worksheets gives them practice with so many long vowel sounds. There are 65 pages of engaging long vowel worksheets in our packet! Click the picture to read more about long vowels!
These pages are a cute and fun way to teach your students how to read and write commonly used spelling patterns. The worksheets have been differentiated to meet the needs of all your students. Read our blog post to learn more about word families by clicking on the picture.
Using alphabet books for preschool and kindergarten is a great way to teach children alphabetic principle and phonemic awareness. These adorable, printable alphabet books do just that. They come with and without words so you can choose the one each child is ready for. Read our blog to learn more about the benefits alphabet books by clicking on the image.