Learning letters and sounds can be easy?
1. Boom Cards to Help Learn Letters and Sounds
Boom cards are always free for teachers. If you don’t purchase the app, you can assign the games with a Fastplay pin. Therefore, these fun self checking games make practice engaging. In other words, students can’t pick a wrong answer and think it is correct because the Boom cards are self checking.
Be sure to focus on games that have 3 or less answers. Most importantly, the game should have few words.
I always start with letter names until at least 40 total of capital and lower case letter names are know consistently.
2. Tracing Letters and Saying the Sounds
Most importantly, using the pointer fingers of the dominate hand will help send the letters and sounds to long term memory.
- I make a booklet that has all the letters in the alphabet
- They trace the letter and say it out loud and then say the sound
- Start with the letters of their name
Once they know the letter and the sound, we will put a star on that letter and they don’t have to keep repeating that letter. However, I always give them a choice.
If students have difficulty. I use hand over hand to guide for the correct formation. Consequently, handwriting is also improved.
3. Drill Sandwich
This process in one of the most effective intervention strategies to help learn any information. Never add a new piece of information until the cards you are practicing happen quickly and efficiently.
Check out How To Set Up a Drill Sandwich
- Most effective if they have a hard time learning
- Sandwich the new letter between two letters they already know.
- Only give them three new things each time
- Review every single day
- Don’t give them a chance to get it wrong
- Only do this for 2-3 minutes at a time
- Do not get rid of the letters they already know