Does letter of the week work?
The gist: Although Letter-of-the-Week is an organized and manageable approach for teachers to introduce the alphabet…it’s not actually effective! Research does NOT support a letter-of-the-week approach.
What is wrong with letter of the week?
There are 3 main problems with “letter of the week” curriculums. It focuses on letter recognition out of context and in isolation. It often introduces too many concepts at the same time. It doesn’t meet toddlers and preschoolers where they are at developmentally.
What can I do instead of the letter of the week?
How to Teach the Alphabet Without Letter of the Week
- Read to Your Students.
- Write with Your Students.
- Make Name Kits.
- How to Teach the Alphabet with Individual Name Cards.
- Make a Class Alphabet Book.
- Sort Magnetic Letters.
- Sing ABC Songs.
- Environmental Print Activities.
How do you introduce a letter of the week?
Introducing the “Letter of the Week” Puppet Game – Scatter some picture cards with at least two different beginning sounds. Then say something like “T-Rex is hungry for something that begins with /a/”. Then the kids need to find a picture beginning with /a/, say what it is and feed it to the puppet.
How many letters should you learn in a week?
I think a combination of 1-2 letters per week is reasonable, but I wouldn’t teach new letters every week. Remember letter naming or even letter sounding isn’t all that we want them to learn.
Should letters be taught in isolation?
The alphabetic principle plan of instruction Teach letter-sound relationships explicitly and in isolation. Give children opportunities early and often to apply their expanding knowledge of sound-letter relationships to the reading of phonetically spelled words that are familiar in meaning.
What is the most important thing when teaching letters?
By recognizing the phonetic sounds that alphabetic letters make, your child will take their first big step toward associating words with their individual sounds, an essential tool for, when the time is right, sounding out words. Most new readers start from the same place — by learning their letters!
Should a 5 year old know all letters?
By age 3: Kids may recognize about half the letters in the alphabet and start to connect letters to their sounds. (Like s makes the /s/ sound.) By age 4: Kids often know all the letters of the alphabet and their correct order. By kindergarten: Most kids can match each letter to the sound it makes.
What is the best way to teach letter knowledge and early recognition?
Instead, they believe the best way is with, “synthetic phonics” or “systematic phonics.” That is, the method of breaking down words into sounds, based on graphemes (written versions of letters). Then to teach pairs of letters that form sounds, and so on.