During the holidays I’ve been making literacy resources to add to my classroom this year. My main focus has been adding alphabet activities. The last few years I have been introducing the alphabet to my Kindy class. I’m predominantly just exposing them to the alphabet and concepts of print. My expectations are that they will at least understand that a letter is a letter and that it makes a sound. I’m hopeful that the majority will also learn at least a few letter names and sounds. We discuss that sentences have a capital letter at the beginning and a full stop at the end and I’m hopeful that most will grasp that concept as well. I’m not too worried if they grasp these concepts or not. They will when they are ready. I do, however, want to step up their exposure and also cater for those who are more than ready and need a little extending.
This year I am going to trial playing Traffic Lights and see how that goes. A few weeks ago I bought 3 shag pile round mojo mats from Rugs a Million. They were on sale for $14.95 and I got one in rust, red and lime.
You play Traffic Lights by setting up the mats in a row like traffic lights. A child stands on the end and then jumps on each mat as they sound out a CVC word (eg c-a-t). So the child would say /c/ on the green, /a/ on the orange and /t/ on the red. Then you ask questions: What’s the first sound? What’s the last sound? What’s the middle sound? The plan is to start doing this orally and extend with written words later if needed.
I also bought some lower case alphabet beads from MTA. I’m planning on using them in a variety of ways in play (such as on the sensory table) but also to complement the Traffic Lights game. I found these CVC Phoneme Segmentation Cards on Teachers Pay Teachers and the beads will be used to spell out the words. (TIP – write the word being sounded out on the back of each card. I wrote it small)
I’ve also added some letters to some unibrix blocks so that the children can build words if they want to. I made all of the consonants white and the vowels orange.
The other couple of resources I have purchased are books based on the alphabet; Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin and John Archambault.