We put together ABC puzzles (which I got from the dollar store here).
We sing songs (of course we sing songs), and we act out our ABCs. I have never taught kindergarten or students with moderate to severe learning disabilities, so this has been a stretch for me. A good stretch, but still a stretch.
A couple of months ago a friend of mine sent me an email with some ideas. She used to teach dyslexic students before she retired. She told me about the Rainbow Mat. I made a simple one from some construction paper I found in the classroom and introduced it to my students. They loved it.
Mina loves matching the magnetic letters to the letters on the mat.
I thought possibly other teachers might benefit from it as well. It would be great for students with learning disabilities, preschool students, RTI small group instruction, etc. So I have been working for a while on The ABC Rainbow Connection (yes, I love the Muppets...therefore the Rainbow Connection). "And someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection, the lovers, the dreamers, and me."
|The ABC Rainbow Connection|
|ABC Mix and Match Word Wall Cards|
I show a picture, and students choose the letter of the alphabet that the picture starts with.
Teaching here has not been easy, but I have really learned a lot. I am always thinking of new ideas and new activities to teach my students. I am being stretched, that's for sure. Just call me Stretch Armstrong! Do you remember him?
By the way, I will be out of pocket for a bit, since I will be in Thailand for 2 weeks for my winter vacation. I am SO excited! I am taking my laptop, so I will try to upload a couple of pictures if I can.