Level 1 - Readiness Level - Learning The Alphabet
Very young students and any students who have not been exposed to the alphabet should start at this level.
- Read the Sound Story aloud to the student. Point out each sound picture and have the student repeat the sound.
- Use the sound picture flashcards to review all of the picture that have been introduced. Have the student give the sound for each picture.
- Play the "Robot Game" to help the student learn to put sounds together mentally to form a word.
- Use the rhyming flashcards to help the student learn to recognize and match rhyming words.
- Use the Handwriting Readiness pages to help the student develop the pencil skills necessary to learn to write letters. Encourage the student to draw and color daily.
- Read aloud to the student every day. Talk to the student about the materials that you read. See the link below for other suggestions to use at the readiness level.
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Learning The Alphabet - Workbook 2
s, j, o, c, d, a, v, g, p, k, y, qu, z
Learning The Alphabet - Workbook 1
t, i, h, l, n, w, u, b, m, r, f, x, e
Update January 2014: I've put together a pair of books, Learning The Alphabet Workbook 1 and Workbook 2, to combine several of these readiness activities into one format. These books include the Robot Game (oral blending pages), rhyming pages, sound story pages, and handwriting readiness pages. Students also trace large and small letters, but are not expected to write them independently. There are also visual discrimination pages (students find and circle a specific letter) and picture dictionary pages (words that all begin with a specific letter, with matching pictures). An easy alphabet lotto game provides practice matching letters and sound pictures. Use the sound picture cards and letter/sound picture cards for easy review. Other activities include a plastic letter activity in which students place plastic letters on a matching game board, and a puzzle-like activity in which students match letter shapes (circles, lines, and curves) to outlines to from letters.
My original materials for this level did not include work with the alphabet; however I've started including learning the alphabet materials at this level as long as they are low key and do not require students to master the material immediately. Students are exposed to the alphabet by listening to the sound story, playing games, and tracing letters. While they may not master new letters right away, over a period of time they will develop skills that will prepare them for the more formal next level, Advanced Learning The Alphabet.
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