Skip to main content

Letter Recognition

I cut out the Shell Letters form this month's plans and laid them out in order. We took turns singing the ABCs and pointing to the letters practicing letter recognition. 
He is getting good at letter recognition. I would say he is at about 90% proficiency. While singing the Alphabet he has a bit of trouble pointing to the letters because he wants to sing faster than his finger can keep up. I decided to take it a step further to check for mastery. 
I created a game using the letters. I called out a letter and Jake had to find the letter and pick it up. If he got it correct, he would collect the card into a pile. Next, he would call out a letter and I would have to pick it up and put it in my pile. This worked great! We had a lot of fun playing. I started with letters that I knew he knew and worked my way up to harder letters. It did help for me to say, "D, d for Daddy." This really helped for letters he was stuck on.
While playing the game Jake started jumping around. (He is the blur in the corner) This an important lesson I want to discuss. I let him jump and run around while we played. He was engaged and participating just jumping and running around. I feel that as long as a child is engaged this kind of behavior is acceptable. He was excited and having fun, why would I make him sit still? This is a touchy subject because so many teachers feel students should sit still in their desks and follow directions but that is not the way some/most kids learn. Again, as long as your child is engaged they are learning and having fun don't stand in the way of that!


  1. This is great. My daughter is 26 months and she is learnng her letters now. What is cute, though, is that she seems to remember the word associated with the letters a bit better than the letter itself. So she'll point to a C an say "arrots" for Carrots. but she is starting to say the letters, too. Its so cute!

    1. That is so cute and good to hear other kids remember that way too!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Play to Write- Week 3

We participating in a Wednesday Play Group called Play to Write over at Cherrios and Lattes. This is week 3- Write/Spell Your Name.  We started this week's practice with some name tracing. Cherrios and Lattes provides the printable for some dotted letters. She suggested doing rainbow writing with this sheet. I showed Jacob but he was more interested in writing all the Jacobs. I started by modeling on the first name. Then I held his hand and we did it together. Finally I let him do the last three on his own with only my verbal prompts.  He took this very seriously and was very proud of himself! I was surprised at how much he liked doing this activity. He has a long way to go but he did pretty well! One thing I had to repeat was not to go around the o and a more than once. He wanted to go around and around. This is an activity that I think he will want to do again! The next activity was Missing Letter Name Practice. We started by singing a little song I sing for Jake to teach him h…

Learning Colors

Pin It

Every month I try to include a new color activity in our Structured Play time. Colors are probably the item that gives him the most trouble, or at least give me the most trouble! He doesn't seem to be able to say his colors after over a year of practice! Sometimes he will get them with no problem and other times get can't get them right to save his life! I was actually starting to worry that he was color blind! I found these cute little colored organizers in the $1 section of target. I loved them and got some inspiration. (I picked up one of each color I could find. No luck on green, boo!) I then printed these color cards from Home School Creations. This website has a plethora of resources. Set aside some time if you are going to check it out because you will be sucked in! :) I placed the cards face up, mixed up on the floor. The pictures are fun I knew Jake would find them interesting. I asked Jake if he wanted to sort the cards into the bins but he said no, so I started …

Name Writing Practice

Jacob did a little name writing practice today. He was asked to trace the dotted lines to write letters for his name. This is good practice with spelling as well. I had him say each letter as he wrote the letter.  As you can see he is very choppy and not exactly on the dotted lines. His motor skills are not quite sharp enough yet to be able to hold the crayon and he especially loses control as he works on towards the end. We also did a Missing Letter Name Practice. Both of these ideas came from Cherrios and Lattes' Play to Write, Write to Read. These are good ways to practice names and writing. He gets very angry if he thinks he made a mistake. See the scribbling. I have to reinforce that it is ok to make a mistake and that everyone makes mistakes but we just keep trying. Practice is the only way to get better. When this happens I cannot help but think of my former students that did the very same thing and proceeded to throw fits and give up. I hope to help Jacob get over this fr…