Teaching the alphabet is not as easy as singing the "ABC Song." Some of the students I teach come to kindergarten with little or no alphabetic knowledge. Our team tries not to see this as a setback but rather a starting point. In years past, it may have taken a student an entire school year to master the alphabet and letter sounds. How silly is that?!
Then, a teammate shared the Letter Factory DVD with us. It has completely changed how we teach the alphabet. Students are now mastering the alphabet and letters sounds in weeks rather than months.
As we all know, kinders have a short attention span especially during the beginning of the year. But, their ability to watch a DVD can be much longer. We use this to our advantage. Each day, we watch a short snippet of the Letter Factory DVD. We, then, review the letters and sounds. As we do, we teach our students the hand motions which go with the letter.
This video shows you what it sounds like. Imagine your students singing along.
I always have an extra copy or two of the Letter Factory DVD to share with families when a new student arrives. Parents are always commenting how their child comes home singing the song. And, oddly enough, students never tire of it.
This is not the only tool we use to teach the alphabet but it is one of the most effective.
Thanks, Abby from Inspired Apple for hosting this Alphabet Boom Link.
I am excited to see what other fun things I can do to make learning the alphabet engaging for my students.