When I first started teaching pre-school, “How do you teach a letter” was my first question. I had taught older children, but these little ones were different. I wanted the books, worksheets, and ideas to make the teaching both fun and productive. I couldn’t find the resources I wanted, so I created them myself.
The first thing I wanted were books, and lots of them. Children learn to read through practice, but beginning books are expensive. I wanted a book for each of the children to take home everyday! Beginning readers are basicially eight pages, and most pages have very few words, some only one word. What I did was create those same books, but format them so they can be printed on a single piece of paper. The books are printed double sided, cut down the middle, across the middle, and stapled to create the same book, but SSOOO cheap! I have my books not only teach phonics, but build on the basic sight words too.
The next thing I wanted was ideas to be able to teach letters to active little children. I wanted them to learn to play and learn at the same time. I created a resource of ideas for each letter, and wrote them in the form of lesson plans for each letter. These lessons plans include fieldtrips, art, P.E., Social Studies etc. I write things that worked for teaching the letters and numbers. I also created worksheets for matching letters, and practicing how to write letters and numbers too. I worked with the sight words needed for kindergarten, and the most frequently used sight words. I wanted the children to go to school prepared to succeed. The most important thing I wanted the children to learn was that learning was fun, because when they’re laughing, they’re learning, so always Teach With Giggles! Written by Raeann Hansen 2019