Beginning readers need intense phonics practice in a variety of methods. In my experience, young readers cannot get too much phonics instruction, and I say that as a homeschool mom with a variety of types of learners.
Phonics and Latin and math facts are all similar in that way. They cannot be overtaught or over practiced.
So add this set of 26 alphabet booklets to your arsenal of phonics activities!
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My Letter Book – Alphabet from A to Z
All of my children, but especially my 3 girls, loved little booklets. Whether they were mini coloring booklets, or sight word booklets, or color by numbers, they enjoyed each and every one!
I’m not sure if the size just fits better in smaller hands, or the fact that it’s a change of pace. Regardless, I have created many mini booklets through the years since my children have loved them so much!
My youngest boy, now 5, will work on this set of My Letter Books during this next school year. He will start Kindergarten and is inching closer to reading. We do a variety of phonics activities, and I will add this one to the list!
There are 26 booklets included in this packet, with each booklet focusing on one letter of the alphabet.
After printing and cutting the pages apart, have your child find the title page and then arrange the rest of the pages in any order he chooses.
If your child is ready to talk about alphabetical order, you could help him arrange the pages in that manner. ABC order is definitely a more advanced skill, and my young one is certainly not ready for that yet!
Each booklet contains a title page and 9 more half-pages for a total of 10 half-pages per booklet.
The words in the booklet all start with the focus letter.
For example, the words for the Letter A booklet are: ax, apple, anchor, astronaut, acorn, alphabet, ant, alligator, ambulance.
After reviewing the beginning letter sound for each booklet, read through each of the words included. This is a great opportunity to go over a variety of age-appropriate phonics exercises:
- short and long vowel sounds
- separating words into syllables
- compound words
- R-controlled vowels sounds
- Consonant + LE syllables (as in ap-ple)
- Vowel teams
- Double letters (as in carrot or button)
The list of phonics opportunities is long! Choose just a few of the phonics concepts in which your child needs the most review or teaching and work on those words.
Very early readers will need a lot of phonics support, while more intermediate readers might not need as much help.
After you and your child have completed all of the phonics work that you want to talk over, your child can trace the words and then write the word 1 to 2 times independently on the line below the tracing line.
If you have a child that loves to color and draw, encourage them to color the picture on each page. I intentionally left quite a bit of room for children to add more to the picture. On the page with the cupcakes, add some candles and a few birthday presents to make a party scene. On the page with the acorn, draw the tree from which the acorn fell and the squirrel that is going to bury the nut!
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Ideas for using My Letter Books:
There are a variety of ways to use these booklets in your homeschool. Here are a few ideas to get your started:
— These booklets lend themselves beautifully as a supplement to a Letter of the Week curriculum. Just add it to the week’s list!
— Use one booklet several days in a row → Day 1: Read through all of the words and teach phonics; Day 2: Trace 1 or 2 words on each page and teach phonics; Day 3: Write each word independently 1 or 2 times and teach phonics; Day 4: Have your child read aloud back through the booklet independently. Day 5: Color and draw scenes on each page.
— For earlier readers, work on one letter book all week long. Each day, choose 1-2 words and color & draw a scene, work on the phonics teaching, and write the word 1-3 times.
— More intermediate readers might fly through one booklet each day. Work on a more difficult phonics concept – syllable types, etc. – and note the words with harder spellings.
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