Summer Reading Challenge Week 5
Make learning letters fun! Put away your flashcards and worksheets and experiment with various books and hands-on activities to help children learn their alphabet. Knowing that letters are different from each other, knowing their names and sounds, and being able to recognize letters everywhere in kindergarten is a strong predictor of reading ability in tenth grade.
Read 1 alphabet book each day this week, search out the first letter in each child’s name. Try one of the hands-on activities.
- Have children scribble and draw, it is the first step towards writing.
- Explore letters in new ways by molding them out of play-dough or cutting them out with cookie cutters.
- Create letters out of sandpaper or cotton balls, something textural that children can touch and trace with their fingers.
- Instead of memorizing the whole alphabet in a day, find the first letter of your children’s names in a variety of alphabet books.
- Create a letter collage. It will help children to identify their letters out of order.
- Play “I Spy” with letters around the room or in your environment.