Not surprisingly, the alphabet is an IMPORTANT part of the first days of first grade. Some kiddos are still learning the letters, some are still connecting the sounds, as well as learning how to correctly form the letters so that we can become efficient and fluent writers (more on that later).
We’re read lots of ABC books:
Every year I like to do some sort of class-made alphabet. Last time around we drew the pictures, and then I used our creations to make the letter charts for our tables (that kiddos can utilize while they write and read).
This year, instead of just drawing, we decided to use torn paper. Our focus has been on fine motor work at the same time as letters, sounds and names and so it just made sense. Kiddos made their image on an index card and then we attached it to the letter.
And even before they were finished they looked AMAZING. Doesn’t this picture make you happy?
Ok, well then here they are hanging up. Decided to put them over our cubbies because they are easily seen, as well as because kiddos can reach them if need be.
I love that every year the same activity can be new and different and this year it was because of the vowels. In the past, there has only been one picture for each one. This was always confusing when we were actually using the chart or wall letters because somehow the kids always needed the other sound. So this time we made two. 🙂 Or…in the case of A, we actually made 3 (including the way that a can sound like a u at the beginning–or end–of some words). I’m super excited about how much more useful (and used!) these letters will be.
Also, because we’re working so hard on forming our letters correctly, we added the directions for how to make them (the red numbers and arrows). Again, hopefully this will make them ever more helpful!
Here are the rest:
I’m not sure I’ve been so excited about the alphabet before! GREAT job, Rm. 111 friends!