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  1. I teach 3 to 4 year olds and have been using letter of the week including the multisensory approach. I also ask my students to record videos whereby they show items in their homes that start with the particular letter. The students and their families really enjoy this. I also play them a fun letter sound video before so that they are exposed to all the letter sounds before focusing on the letter of the week. They also build their names using wooden letters. Some copy them and a few can build them from memory as they learn the different letter sounds from the song. We also go through the letter sounds of the different days of the week and the month. I just try to incoporate letter sounds every chance I get. For kindergarten, which I will be teaching next year, I think starting with “satipin” makes sense to me with regards to learning to read some cvc words. I do love incorporating different elements of what works or is effective. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I am wondering if anyone has bought this curriculum as a public school teacher and what they thought about it? I like the way the scope and sequence is set up and would love to try it but want to know what other people think. I am teaching four year old preschool this year and do not want to do letter of the week. I hope to hear back some great comments.

  3. I have taught a letter a week program for 23 years in my PreK class. The letters that month are reviewed the last week of the month. I also combine lowercase, uppercase, sound, activities daily, tracing, and concentrating on the letters in their name the first week. I think this makes them interested in learning more letters through the school year.
    I would consider doing it your way next year and evaluate at the end of the year, I do like the way that you teach them to form letters .

  4. what’s your reasoning in teach upper case letters first then lower case letters? lower case letters are more common then upper case letters in print. What about the argument of teaching letters in such an order to begin spelling and sounding out simiple cvc words? Example teach the letters s, a, t, i, p, n then kids can make word families sat, pat, nat, or pin, sin, tin etc

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      Great questions! Uppercase letters are easier for children to write. Lowercase letters are more common in print, but they are harder for children to write. I do think your idea to teach letters in a way to make CVC words is interesting. I haven’t done any research into this, so I am not sure if this would be effective or not.

  5. Lea Schumacher says:

    Now…I’m not sure if I do letter of the week on the sense discussed here. It’s more like….letter of the month? We do math activities, sensory, books, sensory writing in many different ways. And for a couple weeks to a month that is the letter we do the most. But we also consistently review, cycle, look at familiar letter pairings and the letters in our names….is this traditional LETW thinking? I’d like someone’s opinion. We also start with the first letters of our names, then the rest of our name letters (easiest to hardest) and THEN the rest of the alphabet. Our list for easiest to hardest is very similar to yours.

  6. This is great advice. I’ve been teaching for over 20 yrs. As a preschool teacher, I used the LOTW method but when I homeschooled, I stopped focusing on just one a week and made letters a part of everyday living. I saw much better results that way.

    You also made a great point about projects being cute but time-consuming. Somewhere along the way, I stumbled across the advice that a project shouldn’t take longer to prepare than it does for the child to actually do it. I’ve taken that to heart – lol.

    I’m anxious to read the book you suggested. Thanks for sharing.

    I love your site! I’ll be visiting again.

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      Thanks so much for your sweet words. I like the saying about the project shouldn’t take longer to prepare than for the actual activity!

  7. So, basically you do rounds of letters like Handwriting Without Tears and review with lots of hands-on activities. I think even adults would like this curriculum.

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      Yes! It is like that. Thank you!

    2. Angela Thayer says:

      Yes! That is right. Thank you!!

  8. Something cool to think about. Thanks!

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