We’re GIVING AWAY FREE printable Alphabet Guides. Look for the printable link at the end of this post.
We’re also GIVING AWAY a set of professionally printed of Alphabet Guides.
Research shows that there are three simple indicators that build strong early literacy foundations in young children:
1. Children engaged in conversation with adults.
2. Children who are read to daily.
3. Children who are given opportunities to experiment with writing.
Conversation and reading appear to happen pretty naturally in most classrooms and homes. But experimenting with writing seems to be a bit more tricky. Back in August, we began our school year with 10 Easy Steps to Introduce Journal Writing. Another writing tool I use with young children are Alphabet Guides. On the first day of homeschool Kindergarten, I introduced MacGyver to his new journal and set him up with an Alphabet Sound Guide. I gave him some very simple directions:
1. He could draw a picture.
2. He could write letters or words.
MacGyver used his Alphabet Sound Guide to copy letters into his journal. He also grabbed his number guide and added numbers to his journal.
MacGyver thought journal writing was a blast. And for those of you who have gotten to know MacGyver, you understand that he quickly had to add a bit of creativity to his writing.
In the classroom, I always had plenty of Alphabet Sound Guides for the children. The children used these guides as a resource. When writing, they could easily find the letter sounds they needed. I also kept a set at my guided-reading table. I would refer the children to these guides, teaching them how to use them independently.
In addition to the Alphabet Sound Guides, I also had Letter Formation Guides on hand. With time, the children were ready to learn correct letter formation. And let’s face it, many of us parents and teachers have forgotten (or were never even taught) correct letter formation. So these simple guides are great for us adults too.
As MacGyver began blooming into word work, he used his Alphabet Sound Guide as a resource.
We’re adding these Alphabet Guides to our FREE printables. These can be printed in full color on card stock for a sturdy guide and if laminated, the children can write on them with Vis-A-Vis pens.
We’re also GIVING AWAY a set of professionally printed Alphabet Guides.
To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
What is your favorite alphabet book? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
One entry per person, please.
No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Sunday, November 28, 2010
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, November 29, 2010. Check back it might be you!
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Print this FREE: Alphabet Sound Guide
Print this FREE: Alphabet Letter Formation Guide
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