Learning Letter A.
With 26 letters in our alphabet you can have 26 different letter themed lesson plans. In my letter lesson plans I make sure I include fun, interactive learning along with crafts, songs and snacks.
For the letter Aa we start off by signing the alphabet. Then we look at the letter we’re going to learn about. I put up several pictures of the letter A written in different sizes and styles (cursive, print, uppercase, lowercase, old English).
Make sure to have a lot of items around the room that beginning with the letter A and some that just have the letter A in them and label each toy. For example, bring out toys such as an Alligator, Ape, etc.
There are a lot of companies that make toys that teach the alphabet. Leapfrog has a large selection, as does Fisher Price. V-tech and Barbie’s Thumbelina both have laptops that teach the alphabet. Find as many toys as you can that have the alphabet on them. If you have a class, make sure there is a toy for each child. We have a Learning Bus, an alphabet pal by Leapfrog, Thumbelina laptop and a ball that spins by Leapfrog.
We sing a little song that goes “Where is letter A? Where is letter A? Can you find letter A?” and the kids sing “Here is letter A. Here is letter A. I can find letter A.” They then have to push the letter A on their toy that they have. We go around and listen to each toy and what it says about letter A. For instance, Thumbelina laptop says A is the first letter in the word Apple and the ball by Leapfrog says A is for Alligator and then makes a chomping sound, and Fridge Phonics Alphabet by Leapfrog sings “A says Ah and A says A, every letter makes a sound and A says Ah and A”. We play each toy two or three times.
Next, I have pictures printed out of different items that begin with the letter A and some that begin with a different letter. I make sure and print the name of each item on the bottom of the picture so the children can see how it is spelled and find the letter A. I usually print the letters in black ink and have the letter A in either red or white so it catches their eyes. I then have them pick out all the pictures that begin with letter A.
Next, there are the same pictures with the same items on them and the words still printed on the bottom of them, but this time I leave all the print the same color and see if they can still identify the items that only begin with the letter A.
After they have picked out all the correct pictures, I have a large A printed on a large sheet of paper and I let each kid glue their picture inside the outline for the letter A. The end result is a large letter A made up of pictures that begin with the letter A and I hang it up in the room.
For writing practice, I print out a sheet of paper that has the letter A on it and the arrows showing the child how to draw the letter. Them I laminate the piece of paper and hand each child their own laminated sheet to practice on. Let them practice drawing the letter A with a marker in any color that they want. By the sheets being laminated you can use a little window cleaner and a paper towel and wipe it off and continue to practice as much as they like, they can even use a different marker each time.
Punch a hole into the sheet and place a key ring through the hole. Each day as they learn a new letter they can add it to this ring and by the end of the year they will have the whole alphabet in an easy to use notebook and they can practice writing on the laminated sheets all summer long.
After writing practice I continue the letter A learning by letting children eat snacks that begin with the letter A. Apples, applesauce, apricots, and almonds just for an example. Make sure you don’t have any kids with allergies to any of the foods you serve before you serve it. Provide a label of each food/snack so the children can see that what they are eating starts with the letter A.
At the end of the day we end by reading. The children enjoy the book Dr Seuss’s ABC Book. As I read the story I let the kids play with the toys again and push the letters on the toys as we go along.
Then I ask each child what begins with the letter A as they leave and they have to provide me with at least one answer that begins with the letter A.
You can do this same lesson plan for each letter of the alphabet.