Letter and Rhyme a Day
ABCs and Rhymes
At the start of the school year, when I taught students in an extended day kindergarten class, I would introduce a letter each day within the context of a nursery rhyme. The main focus was on letter recognition, but many other skills were being taught as well - left to right progression, ABC order, beginning rhyme, and introduction to 'popcorn'/sight words.
Each day, we did 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 had 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.
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 Kindergarten children need to focus on at the start of the school year!). Most days, it also allows students to leave with an object that starts with the letter of the day and a connection to the nursery rhyme!
Mm- 'Little Miss Muffet'
Craft: Little Miss Muffet
Nn - 'Jack Be Nimble'
Craft: Jack Be Nimble
Oo - '1,2,3 Buckle My Shoe'
Pp - 'Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater'
Qq- 'Queen of Hearts'
Ss- 'Star Light Star Bright'
Tt- 'I'm a Little 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'
Aa - 'Way Up High in the Apple Tree'
Craft: apple sun catchers
Bb - 'Baa Baa Black Sheep'
Craft: black sheep
Cc - 'Hickory Dickory Dock'
Dd - 'Old Mother Hubbard'
Craft: dog puppet
Ee- 'Engine, Engine Number Nine'
Ff- 'Once I Caught a Fish Alive'
Gg- 'Gregory Griggs'
Hh - 'Humpty Dumpty'
Craft: Humpty Dumpty
Ii- 'Itsy Bitsy Spider'
Craft: itsy bitsy spider
Jj - 'Jack and Jill'
Craft: Jack and Jill
Kk - 'Kitty'
Ll - 'Mary Had a Little Lamb'