Thank you, KelleyKinder for your FREE ABC Book. It is a perfect way to support letter learning! We implemented the ABC books in our RTI kindergarten group at the beginning of the year. We worked together to build a book for each student with the same pictures.We introduced 1-2 letters each day, talking about the letter, the sound, adding a picture to that page. The following day we reviewed that letter and previous pages (as seen in the video). This process took a semester to complete. Letters must have appeared as squiggles to our kindergartners at the beginning of year, since learning 54 letter forms can be so overwhelming for beginning readers. Since our school implemented Zoo Phonics, we added those pictures and encouraged the actions for the Zoo Phonics characters as we reviewed each page. Students often had a treasure tucked in their pocket (ex.car, ring). We took a photo of it and added it to the books the following day. Of course, their interest sparked. We realized the importance of this activity after reviewing Marie Clay's research. She reveals the importance of a personal ABC book to prevent confusions and provide a link for reading and writing. We started adding letters to the book that were easy to learn. Reading and writing continuous texts were also a part of our instruction which supported letter learning. Data indicates the success of the ABC book. One student had zero recognition of letter names at the beginning of the year. Midyear testing indicates the same student identified 39 letter names. Another student demonstrated an understanding of 28 letter sounds on mid year testing - 0 at the beginning of the year. We cannot attribute their total success to the ABC book since these students also received quality reading instruction within the classroom. The completed books will be a valuable resource for the students next semester as they read and write. Thank you again, Kelley! Check it out on KelleyKinder's TPT store.
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