Saturday, August 24, 2013


Someone just sent me an email with this quote:
            "You can't control everything. Your hair was put on
            your head to remind you of that."
It’s comforting to know that I’m not the only one with bad hair days…many, many
bad hair days!!!

Now that I’ve got your attention, here are a few more ideas for making alphabet books
this year.

I Spy
Give each child a sheet of paper and ask them to write all the letters they can.  Take their papers and bind with book rings.  Make a front and back cover that  says “I Spy Letters!”  Select one letter on each page and write, “I spy __!”  Give children a magnifying glass (pipe cleaner twisted into a circle) or bubble wand to find and frame the letter.

Deck the Room
Walk around the school and take photos of words for all the letters of the alphabet.  Put them together to make a book.
*Sing the book to the tune “Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly.”
                 Deck the room with letters and sounds
                 A B C D E F G
                 Listen up and look around
                 H I J K L M N O P
                 Get a book and you will see
                 Q R S T U V
                 Words and letters read with me
                 W X Y and Z
                 A for alphabet /a/ /a /a/          B for boys /b/ /b/ /b/ /b/
                 C for cafeteria /c/ /c/ /c/          D for dumpster /d/ /d/ /d/...

Body Letters
Have children make letters with their bodies.  Take pictures.  Put the letters together to make a book.
*Divide children into groups of 3 or 4 and let them lay on the floor to create  different letters.  Take photos for a book.

Themes and Holidays
Make alphabet books that coordinate with various themes, holidays, and
seasons.  For example, if you are studying the ocean make a “Ocean ABC
Book,” or when it’s spring make “ABC’s of Spring,” or sports, toys, food, or
anything children are interested in.

Jean FREE Feldman
You know that my middle name is “free,” and there are so many free videos,
printables, and alphabet activities online.  One website that I’ve recommended
for years is  I like its simplicity and the letter-word-object
connection.  What are your favorite websites and videos for alphabet knowledge?