Preschool teachers and daycare providers can help children learn to recognize and write the letter I through fun activities that support clear learning objectives. Implementing activities that support clear learning objectives, preschool teachers can create brilliant lesson plans that help young children learn the letter A.
The students will identify the letter A.
The students make and recognize the long A sound.
The students will correctly trace and write upper and lower case As.
The students will identify objects that begin with the long A sound or have the long A sound in them.
The students will help make a footprint angel.
The students will listen to books about items that start with or contain thes long A sound.
Handwriting and Phonetics Activities
Using sturdy poster board, create a letter A poster which shows both the upper and lower case A. Glue pictures of objects cut from magazines that begin with the long A sound. Explain to the students that this is the letter A. Next, demonstrate the long A sound and ask the children to make (repeat) the long A sound. Ask students what things they can think of (objects, names, etc.) that begin with the long A sound.
Have children practice tracing the letter A in both upper and lower case using letter A worksheets. A good example of such a letter A worksheet is available on Education.com website. With either pencils or crayon, let students practice making the letter A in both upper and lower case on blank sheets of paper.
Letter A Craft
Hand and Footprint Angel
Create the angel’s wings by tracing the child’s hands on yellow construction paper and then cutting them out. Ask the child stand on a piece of poster board with feet together and trace all around to create the body or robe of the angel. Encourage the children decorate the robe and the wings. Take a photograph of the child’s face and cut out just outline of the child’s face. Glue the wings and face to the angel’s body. Using ribbon or a pipe cleaner, create a halo and glue it above the angel.
Cognitive Learning: Object Sorting
For this cognitive learning activity, place toy or real objects or concepts which begin with a long A sound or have the long A sound in them in a box or other container. Examples include: Angel, ape, acorn, alien, apricot, ace, skate, grapes, tape, bait, and lace. Along with these items, place objects beginning with various other letters. As you pull each object out, students will sort (recognize) those that begin with or contain the long A sound from those that do not.
Story Time: Letter A Books
Amy’s Big Race: The Sound of Long A (Phonics Friends) by Cecilia Minden and Joanne Meier (Aug 2005)
What a Baker Makes: Learning the Long a Sound (Power Phonics/Phonics for the Real World) by Sharon McConnell (Jun 2001)
Ape by Martin Jenkins and Vicky White (Sep 14, 2010)
Angel in the Waters by Regina Doman and Ben Hatke (Oct 2004)
Ape Cape (Rhyming Riddles) by Pam Scheunemann and Monica Marx (2003)
Alphabet recognition activities will greatly enhance preschoolers’ language learning. The key is to have fun with your daycare job through lesson planning and make each moment of learning fun and creative.
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