Solving Letter Reversals
Below is an article about addressing letter reversals. If you notice your child making these reversals, it is common for this age group but can be adjusted! Just copy and paste the link into your address bar to read all about it!
ABC Mouse Videos
These are short videos for each letter of the alphabet. They go through a large quantity of words that start with the letter of choice. They are upbeat and fun to listen to and your child is exposed to these videos in accordance to our letter of the week (we do not learn the letters in ABC order)! The link below begins with A but has a playlist with all of the letters so you can click any one that you wish.
Literacy Links Song
The students practice this song very frequently and it goes with the tune of the Jeopardy theme song. It has them practice saying a letter, saying a word that starts with that letter, and making the sound with a hand gesture. For example: W, w, watermelon. /wuh/, /wuh/, /wuh/ (while making w motion by mouth). I'm including a document that has each letter with the picture that corresponds with the song. Feel free to print it off and put it into a binder or something so they can refer to it while they sing the song.
I created a document that explains the terminology that is used to teach your children how to write uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers.
Here are some ideas for you to focus on our letter per week while you and your child are at home or out-and-about! These can be used to deepen your child's understanding AND serve as additional exposure.
Have Fun Teaching Videos
These are longer videos for each letter of the alphabet. They go through a shorter list of words that begin with each letter but they repeat the words a few times. In addition, there are segments that isolate the sound(s) that the letter makes. I normally incorporate the Literacy Links hand motion during these portions. They show the students how to write the uppercase and lowercase letters too. I have them trace the letters in the air. The link below is another playlist with all of the letters.
Numbers, Shapes, and ABCs Cheat Sheet
I created this to help students have quick access to all of the appropriate formations that 4K is now being taught. This goes along with the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum. The students have these guides at their disposal on a daily basis. They are taught these formations during math and literacy lessons. Remember, please follow along with the order in which your child is exposed to them at school.
Cheat Sheet Activities:
-Writing on a whiteboard or chalkboard
-Writing in salt or shaving cream
-Writing through Ziplock bags full of hair gel mixed with food coloring
-Writing on an etch-a-sketch
-Writing with pencils, crayons, markers, or highlighters
-Using a favorite toy (dinosaur, car, tool, doll, pony, etc.) to move around the board and stop on specific letters