This week we are working on the letter M, last week it was the letter C. I have kind of moved away from the letter of the week as I like to not wreck my brain trying to figure out what to do for that week where it all starts with that one letter. Something that I like to do is, I introduce all the letters that I am going to use that month throughout the month. It makes me not focus on just one letter, but lets me have a range to play with. This month I put an alphabet hunt/sorting activity in our literacy center.
This is work that the children can do on their own or with a friend as the month goes on. All the letters that we are going to touch on this month are in this one activity. Every week I either add another letter basket or switch out a letter basket. I am using two different letter tiles which also helps them to learn to recognize the letter in different fonts.
What I used
- Alphabet basket printables
- Wooden letter tiles lowercase (Amazon)
- Applegram Letter Tiles (Amazon)
- Bowl to put all the letters in
How I prepped this work.
This is a very simple setup that you can do in under five minutes. Let me start by saying that I work with a tray system somewhat like Montessori.
- Grab your tray that will hold all the materials for this activity
- Using both styles of letter tiles pull out only the letters that you would like o focus on this month and place them in the bowl
- From the Alphabet baskets, pull the same letters.
- Place all items on a tray or in a large basket
- Set this activity on a shelf in your literacy center.
How I introduce the activity.
I like to add the tray on a shelf in our literacy center. When they enter the room in the morning, it is something new that they haven’t seen. I allow them to explore the activity for the day and observe the many ways they play with it. Sometimes I get asked what it is and then I step in and show it to them, but if no one asks me, I address the tray the next day. This is when I show them the work that I had in mind for that tray. They usually try the work the way I showed it.
What would I like to differently next time around?
Next time I would like to have actual buckets for the letters. I would also like to find more tiles with a different typeface. I will give them more than one day to explore on their own. I will also add some previous letters that we went over from the month before or if we are just starting, their names.