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marching-around-the-alphabet

To help our children visually recognize the letters of the alphabet, we pretend we are marching around the alphabet to the song listed below.  Depending on how many children are in your class, you can decide how many children can show the class their letter and tell them what it is.  In our room, we have 28 students, so we sing it 4 times and allow 7 children to “teach” the others about the letter they chose each round.  To hear the song, you can look it up on YouTube, or Google it.  You can also buy the CD.

 

Marching Around The Alphabet
Words and Music: Hap Palmer

We’re marching around the alphabet, around the alphabet.
We’re passing letters from ABC, all the way to XYZ.
We’re marching around the alphabet, around the alphabet
Where we stop nobody knows, until the whistle blows.
(Whistle Sound)

Now bend down right where you are,
Pick a letter that’s near your toes.
When the teacher points to you,
Tell the teacher which letter you chose.
Tell the teacher which letter you chose.

Put your letter back on the ground
Stand up tall and march around.
We’re march around the alphabet, around the alphabet.
We’re passing letters from ABC, all the way to XYZ.

using-playdough-for-literacy

To help our children learn the letters of the alphabet, we have playdough set out daily as a centre.  Each child has their own container of playdough labelled with their name.  There are placemats they can use, as well as outlines of letters they can use.  The children can put their playdough on the letter, roll it into snakes to form the letter on top of the laminated letter, or they can just create the letter on their placemat. 

Even if the children don’t want to make a letter, playdough is very important in any Kindergarten classroom.  Young children need to develop and strengthen their fine motor muscles.  Using playdough (or clay, plasticine, etc…)  helps children build the muscles necessary to manipulate writing materials.  And what a fun way to do it!