Grades

    Re: Letters and Sounds
    Flacka

    I taught K in a school that is very similar to yours and I had great
    success with "ZooPhonics". I used the picture cards which I
    introduced 5/day at the beginning of the year and then we went
    through the whole alphabet everyday (takes about 5 min). I think
    the key is the picture clue but also the "action" that goes with
    each letter. I think there is a youtube video that goes with
    ZooPhonics.

    I also liked some of the Dr. Jean songs - Phonersize, Who let the
    letters out, and some of her other songs were fun and got the
    kids up out of their seats. I had a smart board so I make a page
    with all the lower case letters and pointed to the letter as we said
    the sound. I played alphabet bingo and used the letter names but
    also the letter sounds and that was always well received.

    Another big hit was "fishing" - I made a fishing line with a "donut"
    magnet attached to an unsharpened pencil. I put a letter on each
    of 26 fish shapes and added a paper clip to each. They "fished"
    for a fish, said the name of the letter and the sound. If they were
    correct, they kept the fish, if not it went back in the "pond".

    I had the letter tubs from Lakeshore and had them sort the items
    into the correct tub.

    Jan Richardson's book on Guided reading has several activities
    for learning the letters and sounds.

    There should be lots of ideas on line and on TeacherPay Teacher
    also.

    On 1/19/17, K wrote:
    > I am currently working with some Kindergarten students as a
    > Title 1 Reading guest teacher. I see one group daily,
    > another three times a week, and the other two times a week.
    >
    > All of the students are having difficulties consistently
    > identifying the letters and their sounds. A student may
    > know the name of the letter or the sound once during a
    > group session and then literally not be able to retrieve
    > that information later in the same work session.
    >
    > We have been focusing on letters and sounds only and doing
    > so in a variety of ways using various materials.
    >
    > Would anyone have suggestions for me? I have just learned
    > I will continue as the guest teacher for another six weeks
    > or so in this position.
    >
    > I thank you in advance.