All teachers know that one of the best ways to get pre-readers ready for reading is to have them do lots of work with the alphabet. Working on letter recognition of both uppercase and lowercase letters and letter sounds will give our younger students the basic skills they need to sound out words as they start reading.
For my teaching tip today, I’m sharing a cookie-themed alphabet game that I created. Just print the game and cut out the pieces.
To play, students choose an apron card and name the letter on the apron pocket.
They then use a spatula to turn over the corresponding cookie card. More advanced students could also give the sound for their chosen letter.
To make the game even more enticing, I used decoupage to adhere the title card to a circle shaped cookie tin and placed the apron cards inside. You could even place the cookie cards on real cookie sheets.
I hope your students enjoy playing with the alphabet. Remember, play is a vital part of learning for little ones, always, always, always.