The following article about the developmentally appropriate ways to teach letters was written by child care provider guest poster Sheena Wheeler of Building Blocks Family Childcare.
Literacy development is an important part of early childhood education. I often hear early childhood educators inquire about the best way to teach young children how to identify letters and the sounds they make, and in which order it is best to teach letters in.
Approaches to teaching letters
One approach to teaching letters is the “Letter of the Week” approach. Letter of the Week instruction involves focusing on teaching children one letter at a time over the course of the school-year, with the last few weeks typically being a review. The letters may be taught in alphabetical order or in another sequence that the teacher or curriculum direct. The teacher introduces activities which relate to the letter of the week and the sound (or phoneme) the letter makes. Activities might include using flashcards, worksheets, arts and crafts that are associated with that letter (such as assembling a paper alligator for the letter “A”), and snacks related to the letter of the week.
This approach is not developmentally appropriate, nor is it an effective way to teach children letters. This method introduces letters in isolation and subsequently, the letters hold little meaning to children. Without connecting the letters to individual interests, children are less likely to retain the information and more likely to become bored or frustrated.
So what IS appropriate?
Many of the kids are settled in for their first day of school. You may have PT Kindergartners, or their younger siblings who are excited about seeing the buses on the road in the morning.
Fall is a busy time. You may have your own kids heading back to school, have new families starting, perhaps you are introducing a new routine, or your might be adding a new educational component to your program. With these changes, and the busy holiday season around the corner, it's easy to start to feel overwhelmed and unorganized. To help you feel less overwhelmed, I've gathered up some of my favorite tips to help you ready your program for Fall!
1. Create a Welcome Routine
Have a good morning routine. One fun way to welcome new children into your program (and practice name recognition) is with a daily
sign in and sign out activity.
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