Letter and Rhyme a Day


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Letter and Rhyme a Day

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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 students enjoy repeating with a friend at free choice time!)

    Sample of Finding Letters with Wiki Stix Photo

    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).

Chicka Tree Pocket Chart and ABC Charts Photo
(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 Photo
    Letter and Rhyme Sheets

    Printable Letter Sheets
    (in PDF format)

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

    If using Zaner Bloser, there are some practice sheets, without the nursery rhymes, at SmartieZone(You'll need to scroll down to the Handwriting Practice section.)


    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!


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Coordinating Letters, Nursery Rhymes, and Crafts


Nursery Rhyme



Way Up High in the Apple Tree

Apple Suncatchers Photo

Apple Sun Catchers


Baa Baa Black Sheep

Black Sheep Color Cut and Paste Photo

TLC Black Sheep Artwork Photo

Black Sheep or TLC Baa Baa Black Sheep


Hickory Dickory Dock

TLC Hickory Dickory Artwork

TLC Hickory Dickory Dock Clock


Old Mother Hubbard

Dog Puppet Photo

Dog Puppet


Engine, Engine Number Nine

Train Engine Artwork Photo



Once I Caught a Fish Alive

Fish Craft Photo



Gregory Griggs

Gregory Photo



Humpty Dumpty

TLC Humpty Dumpty Artwork Photo

TLC Humpty Dumpty


Itsy Bitsy Spider

Spider Craft Photo

(Thanks to Judy Reed for this craft idea!)


Jack and Jill

TLC Jackl and Jill Artwork Photo

TLC Jack and Jill



Kitten Craft



Mary Had a Little Lamb

TLC Mary's Lamb Artwork Photo

Cotton Lamb Photo

TLC Mary Had a Little Lamb or Cotton Lamb


Little Miss Muffett

TLC Little MIss Muffet Photo

TLC Little Miss Muffett


Jack Be Nimble

TLC Jack Be Nimble Photo

TLC Jack Be Nimble


1,2, Buckle My Shoe

Sequence Photo

Sequence One, Two, Buckle My Shoe


Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater

TLC Peter Pumpkin Eater Photo

TLC Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater


Queen of Hearts

Queen Craft Photo




TLC Rain Artwork Photo

TLC Rain


Star Light, Star Bright

TLC Star Artwork Photo

TLC Star


I'm a Little Teapot

Teapot Craft Photo


U and V

Roses are Red

Card Photo

Roses are Red Card

W and X

There Was a Crooked Man

W and X Letter Craft Photo

Crooked Man

Y and Z

Fuzzy Wuzzy

Y and Z Letter Craft Photo


Note:  TLC stands for Teaching Little Children. 
They have step by step art projects for most of the nursery rhymes.


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More Literacy Links Inside of Hubbard's Cupboard!

Sample Literacy Sequence (See how 'Letter and Rhyme a Day' fits with other literacy components during the year!)
ABC and Nursery Rhyme Books/Links
Shared Reading
Read/Write/Sing Lessons
Guided Reading
Printable Booklets
ABC Centers
ABC's and Names
Morning Message
Writing Workshop
Literacy Kits
Literacy Review

Graphic Garden Logo and Link



Last Modified:10/15/14

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