As you may know if you read my blog, my school uses Fundations to teach phonics and spelling K-2. I personally love the program and have seen wonderful results but I am sure other programs work great as well.
As an intervention specialist, I work with multiple grade levels targeting kiddos with academic need (most on IEPs). I am a firm believer in PREVENTION!! Therefore, targeting at risk kids in Kindergarten when the academic gap is the smallest is HUGE! I am sure that I am preaching to the choir:)
One of the tools that I use at the beginning of the year to target letter and sound practice is an alphabet chart. I made one on Boardmaker a few years ago but I decided to update it with some of my new clip art. (I may need to join clip art anonymous because I have a severe problem.)
This alphabet chart follows the keywords of the Fundations program. I work hard at trying to stay consistent even though I do color outside the lines a lot if that makes sense. I have a hard time following a manual.
I made three different versions of the chart. This one just has pictures that correlate with the sound.
This chart includes the letter, picture, and keyword.
This chart includes only the letter and picture clue.
These charts can be used in so many ways.
I use them in small group for drill in practice.
One option is to say what says /t/? and the students point to the Tt or top.
Another option is to do I spy a letter that says..........
Or you could choose to have the students chorally review all the letters and sounds as a warm up activity before beginning the small group activity.
I made these charts in black and white so that coloring could also be an option.
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I would love to know how you teach letters and sounds! Please feel free to share because I am always looking for new strategies, tools, and ideas!
Until next time,