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Old 10-06-2015, 07:18 AM
 
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We have a little one who doesn't recognize their own name or any of the letters in the alphabet. I'm a reading specialist and I will be working with this student twice a week on a one to one basis. Are there any activities that you would recommend? Thanks!


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I might be in the minority, but I'm not concerned about a four-year-old not recognizing their name or letters when it's only October. I would be concerned if it was a kindergartner, but not a preschooler. That's what preschool is for! I love this article about making reading and writing developmentally appropriate...

https://www.naeyc.org/files/yc/file/200507/02Neuman.pdf
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I teach preschool in a public school, but I would say 95% of my 4 year olds come in not recognizing their names or able to say a single letter. Most still say letters are numbers and numbers are letters. The only time I see this as an issue is if there is a lack of progress after a few months of school. In starting to work with the student, I would start with name recognition, then move to learning the letters in the student's name, then learning uppercase/lowercase letters and sounds. Pinterest has some great activities for letter recongition. I would start with lots of matching (make a game for the student to match the letters in their name to a name model), and eventually take away the model and have the student put the letters of their name in order. I like to use Heidisongs to help teach letters and sounds, and connect the letter with a sensory experience (Making an "A" in sand, shaving cream, writing it in the air, making an A with playdough, etc.).
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Leap Frog Letter Factory tape
Old 10-08-2015, 08:49 AM
 
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I am a student teacher and last week I used the Leap Frog Letter Factory tape in my first lesson, short i sounds.

The first graders loved it. You can find the video on YouTube. The video shows the letters as if they were alive. The letters are in a factory and are being taught their name and their sound. This is done through a really cute song that children enjoy singing along.

Most of the students in the class are way below grade level. I also have two students who are special needs. Majority of the students don't know any of their letters. The main teacher has decided to add the tape as a daily part of the phonics lesson plan.
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Make a table for the number of letters in their name for the columns and two rows. Type their name in the top row. Print out two copies. Glue to one to construction paper, glue the second sheet to construction and cut out the letters slightly narrower than the boxes. Laminate and Velcro. Then student matches letters of their name at the beginning of each of your sessions. Next step is to make a table with three rows--one for their name, the next for their name in gray for tracing and last row to print the letters of their name in the boxes. Really the best way for name recognition is having their name on their cubby, doing activities at Circle Time with whole group, etc.

Zoo- phonics is a great program for letter recognition and letter sounds--I just used the cards , it's kinesthetic and the kids love it.


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Old 10-10-2015, 04:34 AM
 
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Gimet, you always have such great ideas. Thanks for contributing.

You may want to go to thisreadingmama/free-abc-printable-packs/
for materials. My kids also love her idea of 'poke pages'. They use a sharp pencil and lie tummy down on the rug and poke holes more or less on the outline of a letter.

Try voting, too. I displayed Do you like? followed by a clear pocket containing a stack of several pictures-- pizza, carrot, snowman, spiderman, etc.
Below that are 2 big pushpins holding numbers 0 - 15 on rings. One set is printed on green paper, other set of numbers on red.
Below is 'yes' in green paper, next to that is 'no' printed in red paper.
Below that is a green-colored $1.00 pocket chart on left and red pocket chart on right under all the red stuff posted above.
Then I laminated the kids names on graphics I found free on Internet. Google Sparklebox.com.
The kids vote, each gets his name and puts in correct pocket chart depending if 'yes' or 'no' vote. Then we count number of votes and flip numbers to reflect tallies. Then decide which is more and which is less.
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