I Love Letters!

I Love Letters! by Dr. Jean Feldman

I Love Letters! by Dr. Jean Feldman

I just read a new book titled I Love Letters!: More Than 200 Quick & Easy Activities to Introduce Young Children to Letters and Literacy by Dr. Jean Feldman.    I Love Letters!is a literacy goldmine for pre-k and kindergarten teachers!   It’s chock-full of  fun, simple ideas to teach literacy that you can implement in your classroom quickly and easily.  I wouldn’t let the title fool you though, this book address many different aspects of literacy, not just letters.   The topics covered are:

  • Print Knowledge
  • Oral Language
  • Letters
  • Student Names
  • Songs to learn letters and sounds
  • Multi-Sensory
  • Games That Teach
  • Pre-Writing
  • Family Involvement

 Some of my favorite ideas that appear in the book are pictured below:

Mystery Letters  I usually do this activity very early in the year to introduce students to their names.  They look great on display in the classroom and the kids enjoy making them.

Image from Pre-K Pages

Image from Pre-K Pages

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree  I made this tree several years ago using two tin cans and wood grain contact paper.   This is always a HUGE hit with the kids at the beginning of the year after we read the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
Image from Pre-K Pages

Image from Pre-K Pages

Bang Games  I use these games for every theme, the kids love them and never get tired of it since you change the icon and sound each time.   You can add a recording sheet for added hands-on engagement.
Image from Pre-K Pages

Image from Pre-K Pages

If you’re looking for ways to increase student engagement and make learning fun and meaningful then I Love Letters!: More Than 200 Quick & Easy Activities to Introduce Young Children to Letters and Literacy is the book for you!   Your students will learn more and have fun doing it when you use these great ideas!

What are your favorite fun ideas for teaching literacy skills?


Product Review: Little Songs for Language Arts

I recently had the opportunity to listen to the new Little Songs for Language Arts CD from HeidiSongs and I was so impressed I just had to share my observations with you!   What I like best about this CD is that there is a nice mix of songs that you can use throughout the year, not just during one unit or one half of the year.  There are 9 songs that address specific literacy skills such as the difference between letters and words, rhyming, syllables, beginning sounds, and making sentences.  I can see how I would use the song about the differences between letters and words at the very beginning of the year, then move on to the rhyming song and so on as my students progress.   We use the Reading and Writing Workshop approach to language arts in my district and we have a whole sequence of lessons we teach that address the parts of a story (characters, setting etc); I was so excited to discover that Heidi has created a catchy and fun song to teach this difficult concept to young children!

There are also songs that address math skills such as counting, shapes, and addition.  But the best part is that there are fun seasonal, thematic, and holiday songs that you can also turn into class and individual books.   People are always asking me if I miss the classroom and I very rarely say yes, however this new CD makes me miss the classroom because I want to sing the songs and make the books with my own class!

I had planned on posting the videos to a few of my favorite songs from the Little Songs for Language Arts CD, but I like them all so much I don’t know if they’ll all fit!   Here goes…