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Sandpaper Letters


Sandpaper squares
scissors or X-acto knife (adult only) 
alphabet stencils
poster board


1. Trace both the lower- and uppercase letters of the alphabet onto squares of sandpaper and cut them out.
2. Mount the letters onto a piece of poster board.
3. Place the letters in the book or writing area of the classroom.
4. You may want to discuss letter sounds during circle time or with the children one by one.
Author Note: To aid in future reading abilities it is best NOT to state the letter name because some do not sound how the letter is pronounced. (For example, "G" makes "guh" and "juh" sounds but the letter is pronounced "gee."). Rather, discuss only the sound(s) it makes. Vowels and double- sounding consonants should probably be covered last to avoid confusion when first introducing this technique to the children.
5. When applicable, and as time permits, use one- or two-word books in the reading center and sound out words as you read along with the children.
6. Children can use the letters to trace their names or other words as interest peaks.
Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Kindergarten Activities
Center: Library/Book/ ABC Center
Topic: Letters/Sounds/Words
Content: Literacy
Area: Language
Age: Kindergarten
Interaction: Individual Child

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