At the start of the school year, students in EDK are introduced to a letter each day within the context of a nursery rhyme.  The main focus is on letter recognition, but many other skills are being taught as well - left to right progression, ABC order, beginning rhyme, and introduction to 'popcorn'/sight words.

Each day, we do the following with the 'letter of the day' and the 'rhyme of the day.'

1) Determine the Letter of the Day

We sing or chant the ABC's, determine which letter is next, and hang the new letter of the day on our class Chicka tree.

2) Shared Reading

Read and act out the nursery rhyme! 
After looking at the pictures, making connections with words or letters we know, we then may echo read, read it together, let individual students say the rhyme by themselves, or all three!   Sometimes, students have heard another version of the rhyme and it is fun for them to share how they have learned it previously!

3) Finding Letters in Context 

We find the letter of the day within the rhyme, taking turns circling the letter with wiki stix.
(This is also an activity that students enjoy repeating with a friend at free choice time!)

4) My Name/Not in My Name Letter Sort

Students love hunting for particular letters within their name and their friends' names! We sort our name cards under the headings "Yes" (with a smiley face) and "No" (with a sad face).

    (Above: Our Chicka tree with letters we have introduced each day, a my name/not in my name sort in the pocket chart, and our ABC charts for singing, chanting, and signing!)

    5) Beginning Letter Formation 

    We make the letter of the day in the air, on the floor, on each other's backs, etc.

    6) Letter and Rhyme Sheets 

    Students complete a letter practice sheet. They trace upper and lowercase outlines of the letter of the day and distinguish the letter of the day from other, similar letters.   The nursery rhyme is included for students to read with their families, act out, and search for the letter of the day again.

    Letter and Rhyme Sheets

    Printable Letter Sheets 
    A - D
    E - H
    I - L
    M - P 
    Q - T
    U and V
    W and X
    Y and Z

    7) Nursery Rhyme Art Project

    Students construct a craft that starts with the letter they are studying. The craft involves listening, following directions, and fine motor skills (all areas Kindergartners need to focus on at the start of the school year!). It also allows students to leave with an object that starts with the letter of the day!

    Mm- 'Little Miss Muffet'
    Craft: Little Miss Muffet

    Nn - 'Jack Be Nimble'
    Craft: Jack Be Nimble

    Oo - '1,2,3 Buckle My Shoe'
    Craft: Sequence

    Pp - 'Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater'
    Craft: pumpkin

    Qq- 'Queen of Hearts'
    Craft: queen

    Rr 'Rain'
    Craft: rain

    Ss- 'Star Light Star Bright'
    Craft: star

    Tt- 'I'm a Little Teapot'
    Craft: teapot

    Uu and Vv- 'Roses are Red'
    Craft: flower card

    Ww and Xx - 'There Was a Crooked Man'
    Craft: crooked man

    Yy and Zz - 'Fuzzy Wuzzy'
    Craft: bear

     

     

     

    Aa - 'Way Up High in the Apple Tree'
    Craft: apple sun catchers

    Bb - 'Baa Baa Black Sheep'
    Craft: black sheep

    Cc - 'Hickory Dickory Dock'
    Craft: clock

    Dd - 'Old Mother Hubbard'
    Craft: dog puppet

    Ee- 'Engine, Engine Number Nine'
    Craft: engine

    Ff- 'Once I Caught a Fish Alive'
    Craft: fish

    Gg- 'Gregory Griggs'
    Craft: Gregory

    Hh - 'Humpty Dumpty'
    Craft: Humpty Dumpty

    Ii- 'Itsy Bitsy Spider'
    Craft: spider

    Jj - 'Jack and Jill'
    Craft: Jack and Jill

    Kk - 'Kitty'
    Craft: kitten

    Ll - 'Mary Had a Little Lamb'
    Craft: lamb


    Additional Resources

    Sample Literacy Sequence (See how 'Letter and Rhyme a Day' fits with other literacy components during the year!) 
    TLC Nursery Rhyme BooksTeaching Little Children (TLC) have step by step art projects for most of the nursery rhymes.