In our kindergarten class, we spend the first few weeks learning the alphabet letter names. We read alphabet books, sing alphabet songs, and so much more. One thing I like when we do alphabet activities is consistency. I like to have the pictures on the alphabet chart match a majority of the activities we do in class. If you keep reading, you can download a free alphabet chart and alphabet book. Learn fun ways we use these tools to practice letter names and sounds.
One of the things I found helpful is to have a picture to represent each letter of the alphabet. I like when the activities we do or use have the same picture representation for each letter. This provides some consistency when learning the alphabetic code.
Alphabet Chart Activities
We use the alphabet chart as a warm-up almost daily during our small group instruction. These charts are also available throughout the classroom for my students to use as a reference.
In our small group, we point to each letter and tap it three times. The first time we name the letter. The second time we say the sound of the letter. The last time we tap it, we name the picture. Use a finger pointer to make it more fun!
Another fun activity to do with alphabet charts is to play “What is the missing letter?” Prep each chart by covering a few letters with a sticky note. Students guess what letters is covered by saying the name of the picture and listening to the beginning sound. They can name the picture and see if they can recognize the sound and then associate the letter that goes with it.
If you have finger flashlights or mini flashlights, you can play “Shine the light.” To play this game, each student will need a flashlight and an alphabet chart. You say “Shine the light on the letter ….” or for more of a challenge, ” Shine the light on the letter that makes the /m/ sound.” Your students will love this game!
If a student is struggling to learn the letter names, we use a multisensory alphabet routine to help practice the names and sounds of letters. The book isolates one letter at a time.
How this works is the student traces the uppercase letter with their finger and names the letter. Next, they trace the lowercase letter and say the sound. Last, they point to the picture and name the picture.
The student does this with the guidance of an adult to help correct and guide if needed.
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