1. Letter recognition using activities that involve the five
2. Building vocabulary and general knowledge related to words for each
3. Include arts & crafts, music, nutrition, literature, to name a
few, in the process of "having fun with the letter__."
4. Pre-Writing: Children 3+ can start to trace the letters on the right upper
tracer and filling the large letter images in Standard block or D'Nealian
writing format. The mini-books and printable related
activities will offer additional opportunities to practice tracing and
Present "HAVING FUN WITH A LETTER-A-WEEK" or "LETTER__ FUN," or come
up with a fun name for the letter activity.
Learning with our senses:
All activities suggested will involve as many of the five senses as
possible: seeing the letter (literature, activity pages, printable display
materials-posters, real items that represent the letter, etc.), touching the
letter (arts & crafts, finger plays, decorating/ painting letters,
touching items that represent the letter), smelling the letter (foods,
nature items, spices), hearing the letter (music, songs, read-aloud
activities, nursery rhymes)
For a general idea of an activity plan visit this Impact
Poster Letter A Activity and/or Letter
MAKE AN IMPRESSION:
For each letter prepare some type of simple display that captures the
children's attention. At home or family childcare facility (limited
space): use any wall area, door, refrigerator door to prepare a
display with colorful images
for the letter. Another idea is to purchase a standard "22 x 28"
poster board (very light and portable under $2) and prepare the display
(tape a large manila envelope in the back to file other materials for the
activities). I prefer the poster board because it allows me to move
the presentation to any place where crafting or other activity may be taking place
boats in the bathtub...) or even outdoors. The letter
activity links will provide you with all the printable materials you'll need
to make the display.
At larger facilities the use of a bulletin board (at
children's eye level), easel, felt boards are great places to make a
1. Large Letter Image:
Each large letter image demonstrates with numbered arrows the writing
trace with finger first (count the steps if you feel this is helpful-this will aid
with counting skills as well). Use paints, crayons, finger paints,
colored pencils or any
method that motivates the children. Encourage children to color the large upper case letter first.
Use different coloring methods for each letter: sponging, stamping,
fingerprinting, etc. After the letter is "traced and filled," add other elements: apple printing on letter A for example, or
pasting some bandages or beans for letter B, on the letter or around the
letter, use stickers related to the letter. Focus on upper case first and
revisit to practice lower case.
2. Letter Images (Stickers)
bottom of activity page:
*Define and Identify: Each activity page has
four to five images
(stickers) associated with the beginning sound (except letter X). Ask children to identify those images that are familiar to
them. Elicit prior knowledge. Be ready to give a simple definition of the unfamiliar ones and this can
start a dialogue about learning about that particular image in a fun way.
With a large group review all images to make sure everyone gets a basic
*Image Activities: When working with only one or two children, ask which image he/she is most interested about.
to do an activity (ONE PER DAY ONLY)- refer to each letter link for
activities related to each image. Activities can be very simple: an easy craft, online or
offline literature, eating a food -- 5 to 15 minutes. For larger
groups, you may want to do a fun drawing, placing a set of the letter images
in a bag to see
which image will be addressed first, second and so forth.
*Mini Books and Sticker Fun: After completing
an activity cut out the sticker related to the
activity performed- and have children paste it over or around the large letter in the
activity page or use the sticker with the matching
alphabet mini-books and then suggest they color it. If
you have completed a printable craft, you can also paste the small image
provided on the template to decorate the large letter activity worksheet
or fill the corresponding mini-book. View this
craft template to see an example of the small image on the left
upper corner that can be used as a sticker. The small craft image will
be a nice way to keep track of the crafts completed as well for each
5. Letter Tracer and
There is a letter tracer in the upper right corner of the worksheet. This activity can
be conducted at any time with pencil, crayons or markers. Many of the related
activities, as well as the matching mini-book, will provide additional
opportunities to master tracing and writing the letter with large and
6. Assess and Record: Log progress and
impressions on the back of the activity
page from observations and ask children what they've enjoyed of the
activities performed. Make photographs or video occasionally to help
assess and keep memories of the activities. Exhibit any artwork in a place of honor.
At home, involve other
members of the family in the process: example -- an older sibling, or
grandparent could go with the child to collect leaves for letter L for Leaf.
6. Flexibility and Motivation:
*These activities do not have to be done in one week, the activities
may be done over a period of time, different seasons and holidays to avoid boredom and to reinforce
learning over time.
*If children are not interested in a particular image(s)/theme featured in
the activity page-- suggest another image or
theme to complete the program. If the children are very
interested in a preschool TV program or video, then by all means use that as
Watch a program or video together, discuss and take it from there - for TV/Movie
materials visit DLTK's Favorite Friends for Preschoolers.
important is to help the children find a fun and educational association with
*Include activities related to upcoming holidays or special days instead of,
or in addition to the images in the activity page.
1) Print the activity page on sturdy paper or cardstock if
2) To make the activity pages more appealing, print on colorful light pastel color
paper/paper stock or light colored construction paper (resize to fit the
printer) -- for example, colors can also be
addressed this way, when doing letter B, print the activity page on light
to address B is for Blue, or light orange paper for letter O is for Orange.
Print the mini-books in same matching color.
Consider creating a special First ABC Scrapbook (Portfolio) - accordion
folders are quite suitable, for
completing all the Alphabet Activities and include photos, crafts, etc.
This can be a great tool to revisit the letter, add new activities and
additional stickers, and for assessment of
progress. Children can revisit the scrapbook to review their valued and special work.
4) Rewards & Recognition for Achievement: When a child can recognize a letter by sight
and words associated with that letter it is SO EXCITING for the child (and
for the educator too!) Make that moment meaningful and memorable for
each letter mastered! Here are some ideas:
DLTK-Cards.com provides FREE custom
printable tools to create: personalized
award certificates (this feature
allows for you to load your own images too!), bookmarks,
greeting card -- all you need is a printer and paper. These
custom printables are available in color or black and white format, there
are many generic, seasonal and holidays themes to choose from, so children can continue to have fun
coloring and decorating!
Keep it simple, enjoy and you'll be surprised how much fun and new things you will learn
together with the children as you re-discover the alphabet all over again,