Posted on 11/16/2011 by debrennersmith
1. What is the name of the letter? (letter id)
2. It is important that the students learn the sound and the name of the letter at the same time. What is the sound of each letter? This is nice because instead of hearing /buh/ for the letter b, the students hear /b/. http://www.edina.k12.mn.us/cornelia/classrooms/kindergarten/pilcher/Meet_Alphafriends.htm
3. How do you form the letter? How do you make the letter? Uppercase? Lowercase? Heidisongs has excellent resources for this! (This is a gentle introduction of letter formation instead of mastery.)
4. What is the song? The actual song is posted. The music so you can click and let the kids sing along AND the words are posted so the kids can see the words! I like #3 the best personally.
Song Site #1. http://www.chambersburg.k12.pa.us/education/components/scrapbook/default.php?sectiondetailid=22702&PHPSESSID=5a806a13b0604bdbe889e1e152c5978b
Song Site #2. http://www.myteacherpages.com/webpages/KristinHall/alphafriends.cfm
Song Site #3. http://teacher.ocps.net/janet.cahill/page7.html
These are examples of alphafriends from Alphafriends:
#5 Teacher reads a 8-16 page that has a single picture on each page. Each letter book has a picture that starts with each letter. For example, reading a to z has these. The letter Aa Book might have a picture of an ant, and the word ant under it. The next page might have a picture of an apple and the word apple under it. The next page might have a picture of an ax, and the word ax under it. The next page might have a picture of an acorn, and the word acorn under it. Etc.
#6. The teacher then leads a discussion of generating a list of words which is why the HM Card that is attached to the song and the book read (#5) is helpful.
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Posted on 10/23/2011 by debrennersmith
Posted on 10/16/2010 by debrennersmith
Read the poem several times. Ask the students what they notice. Teacher says sounds. Students count how many sounds. Teacher says sounds. Students repeat sounds.
/g/ /m/ /t/ 
Teacher says sounds. Students repeat sounds. Students blend sounds into a word. Students draw a picture of the word. After all the students draw, they hold up their picture and show everyone else. Then one child says the word for everyone else. Do we agree? How do we know?
/d/ /o/ /g/
/c/ /a/ /t/
/f/ /r/ /o/ /g/ – Do your students realize there are 4 sounds in frog?
/h/ /a/ /t/
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Posted on 02/10/2010 by debrennersmith
Posted on 09/04/2009 by debrennersmith
Posted on 11/22/2008 by debrennersmith
Houghton Mifflin introduces the letters with an animal. They have songs that support the students’ learning.
A teacher I know is supporting the students’ learning by putting clipart with the words.
The same teacher decided to make up her own “MMMMMMMM” poem/song.
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