MAY
03
2010

# A-Z Review

We’ve made it! Since we finished our Letter of the Week curriculum To review all of the letters we learned as we went through , I made some alphabet fun games!

If you didn’t already download them, here are the A-Z collage worksheets, they come with collage ideas for each letter. Here’s a sample of the letter M with marshmallows glued to them.

Clothespin Match Up: Write upper or lowercase letters on small clothes pins and clip them to the corresponding uppercase letters, lowercase letters or picture! (The download includes all 3 games.)

A-Z Letter Match Cards: These cards actually go from A-Z and 1-10. We’re using our plastic magnetic letters to match to each card. We matched upper and lowercase letters to each box.

A-Z Beginning Sounds Game: This download includes letter disks. Your child then matches the correct letter disk to each picture, for example the “A” goes next to the “Ant” picture. If they need a little help, the letter colors match the dots next to their picture as well.

A-Z Spoon Match Up: I found this fun idea on Tot Play! You’ll need 2 sets of different colored spoons, one color for uppercase, and one for lowercase. On one set of spoons write the uppercase letters using a sharpie. On the other set of spoons write the lowercase letter. Cut the printout and attach each row of letters so they are one long line. Then have your child match up the upper and lowercase spoons to each card. Variation: You could also use small objects and put them on each card based on the letter they start with, like a “cotton ball” on the letter “C”.

Alphabet Fun Game: You’ll need 1 die and any object for your playing piece. Roll the die, move your piece that many spots and then say the name of the letter you land on, the sound it makes and something that starts with that letter! Whoever reaches the end first wins! Play again! (You may notice in the below pic that Y and Z are mixed up, as of 5/3 this download has been fixed!)

Learn My Vowels! Now that we know all of our letters, let’s learn which ones are vowels! Using any letter manipulatives you have, sort the vowels onto the sheet provided. We used magnetic letters.

When you’re finished sorting, sing the vowel song: {To the tune of London Bridges} “I know the names of my vowels, of my vowels, of my vowels, I know the names of my vowels: A-E-I-O -U!”
Learn My Name: Using any alphabet manipulatives you have, practice spelling your name! {Note: I wrote my daughter’s name on her sheet, then she matched the letters to it.} Variation: Laminate this and use it as a play-doh mat and make their name with play-doh.

A-Z and 123 Tracing Worksheets: You can either laminate this, or just use it with pencil/marker/crayon to practice letters and numbers. The download contains letters A-Z and numbers 1-9.

Magnetic Alphabet Builders: These aren’t new, but we are using them to review all of our letters! Click here to see more about making them into magnets. Variation: Cut the shapes out of foam!

Alphabet Puzzle: Cut along the lines for an A-Z Puzzle! Variation: If this puzzle is too difficult, print 2 copies, leave one as a game board then cut up the other one so you have a matching game instead. We did it both ways.

A-Z Large Floor Mats: Use these like the Large Floor Numbers from the Letter of the Week curriculum. Spread them out all over the floor then:

• Call out a letter and have your child hop to it
• Call out a letter’s sound and have your child hop to it
• Have them hop to the letters in ABC order
• Say a letter, have them toss a bean bag onto that letter’s card.

Alphabet Puzzles: This wooden alphabet puzzle came from Target. They also have a numbers puzzle. I’m not sure why, but it remains a favorite!

Assessment Tests: I use these with bingo markers or do-a-dot markers. The download includes A-Z, a-z, 1-20 assessment sheets. I call out a letter/number and she marks it. This is an excellent way to assess what your preschooler has learned from this year, and what you still need to work on!

Review our Alphabet Tree! Of course after all that work we reviewed our alphabet tree, she pointed to each letter & said their name and the sound they make.

Upper/Lowercase Match Up: I’m pleased to report after completing our Letter of the Week curriculum, she got an A+ on her lowercase letters! Here’s Carisa’s Clothespin ABC’s .

Family Fun Night! Congratulations you’ve completed the A-Z Letter of the Week! Have an Alphabet party! Eat alphabet soup and watch Leapfrog Letter Factory!
Here is a list of our favorite books that we use for our A-Z Review!

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Stay tuned until next week, for Numbers, Shapes & Colors Review!
For More Preschool Ideas and Activities visit Preschool Corner!

1. WOW! Awesome stuff Erica. Thanks so much for sharing.

2. thanks for all of this abc review stuff! you rock! check out my short vowel sort on my blog. i have provided the download and would love to see what you think of it!* the downloadable sort is different than the one pictured. i think the one i made is much cuter!http://tams-thisandthat.blogspot.com/search/label/picture%20sorts

3. Wow!! You are amazing!! It's all so wonderful! You are an inspiration.xx

4. I love it! :-)THANK YOU for being so generous in sharing your plans and the learning that you do. What a great resource this blog is – I always love coming and seeing what you have to share here.Best Wishes!

5. You Rock!Can't wait to try the alphabet board game today!I also put a link to this post over at We Teach – Alphabet Group. (weteach.ning.com)Thanks so much for all that you share!

6. I agree ….awesome review. Since we are still going SLOW & steady, I will use the magnets for review with Em this time around.Thanks a bunch love.

7. PS. I printed out the COLOR cards that were in the "extras" in your A-Z curriculum & Emily carries them around all day long.We say the name of the picture & the color continuously…and that's what she needs. {it was worth it} Thank you for taking the time to put that together for us.

8. This is completely awesome, you're awesome!!! Thanks for all the great resources!

9. FABULOUS recourse! Thanks!

10. This is my incentive to go out and get a new ink cartridge. I love all of your ideas. Thank you so much for sharing them!

11. Angela O says:

Thank you for your resources. They are invaluable! I'm curious, will you be starting kindergarten with your now-preschooler? I have a preschooler who knows so much preschool stuff that I'm not sure doing another year of preschool with him would be advantageous. I asked him his opinion and his response: "I'll start with kindergarten and if it's too hard, will do preschool again!" At least he's self-aware!

13. ANGELA O: I'm going to re-do the prek stuff with my 4 yr old next year simply because I don't want to kick her up into Kindergarten yet. Even if she could handle the work, once you get to 1st and 2nd grade it really kicks up a notch and I rushed my first daughter, and am now regretting it.My prek has most of the concepts down as well, and I do plan on doing some more difficult things with her next year as well, but not quite kindergarten level. I just don't see any reason to rush her, I look at this year as a solid start!

14. Catherine says:

So cute! I downloaded a few of them but I'm having trouble with 4shared. After the download, I double clicked to open the files and then it prompted me to install 4shared. Is that normal? So I installed it and it took over my computer by appearing everywhere. And I still couldn't open the docs. I'm sure I did something wrong. Then hubby (Mr. Tech Guy) came home, saw the 4shared invasion and uninstalled it. And I still couldn't open/print your cutie pie printables. *sigh* Did I do something wrong?

15. This is all so amazing! You are so dedicated and talented to not only put all this together, but post it for all of us!!!Thank you thank you.

17. Catherine says:

Oh! I am such a spaz. I really am. Can I use the preggo brain excuse?I just tried it again and it worked perfectly. Instead of clicking on the very large and obvious blue button, I was clicking on the green button to install 4shared desktop.Ha! How embarrassing. :)~Catherine

18. Terry says:

19. TERRY: Yes, the review games and also numbers/shapes/colors review that hasn't posted yet is now included in the download as well.

20. I'm excited to see alphabet review ideas now! I hope to use some of them with Mia and Little Nephi.

21. It's like the holy grail of AWEsOME ABC printables and activities.I am just blown away…

22. You are simply incredible. I can't wait to see where you will go now when you finished alphabet

23. As always – U Amaze me!! thank U!!;) I cant wait to see whats next too- ha ha ha no pressure though right?? *wink!

24. You are featured as one of my great posts of the week. Here is the link: http://www.jdaniel4smom.com/2010/05/great-posts-i-came-across-this-week-may_08.html

25. Congrats! This post was just featured on The Homeschool Classroom: http://www.hsclassroom.net/2010/05/great-homeschooling-links-may-7-2010/

26. Awesome ideas! Thank you, thank you THANK YOU!!

27. Erica, you are amazing as always!

28. Thank you so much!

29. A huge thanks to you. I'm sure this was a lot of work to put together. I want you to know how much it has enriched the lives of me and my kids and the other mommies I have shared this with. I praise God that he gave you such a wonderful gift. My Jacob and Benjamin went from board to excited about learning with the fun games and things you have on your blog.

30. Thank you Erica so much for putting this all together! I've never felt more confident that my child is learning what she needs to be learning then I have felt using your curriculum! Such a great blessing!

31. I am loving your blog! I put your button on my blog so I can share it with others as well!I am also on the TOS review crew. It is nice to meet you. You should be having someone review your stuff!!!I will be checking back here often. I have a 5 year old, who loves math,and is so good at it, but doesn't even know all of his letters. I am not pushing him because I know all kids are different, and he will get there. Your blog looks great by the way!

32. Thank you for sharing such great printables!! I am so excited and know that I will be visiting here a lot!!

33. Love Love Love your A to Z curriculum!! Your entire website is Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!

35. MUMSREA: YES, all of the A-Z and 123 review games are in the Letter of the Week curriculum.

36. Oh. My. Goodness. I feel like I have completely hit the jackpot. What amazing resources you have. THank you SO MUCH for sharing!

37. Hi! I'm a guest writer today at Our Mommyhood and I wrote an article about a few of my favorite printables on the web. I included your printable alphabet game (and a link of course). Just wanted you to know!

38. thanks so much for sharing… 😀

39. Hope says:

Thank you soooo much for sharing – your ideas are awesome!! I really appreciate your kindness…Thank you!

40. Anonymous says:

I just wanted to tell you that you are an awesome mom/teacher!! I have made many similar items for my preschool/special education classroom. I came across your blog last week and love it. I have shared it with many stay at home moms and teachers. Thank you for all of your hardwork! Your children are receiving the best education!

41. First off, Thank you so much for all the inspiration & hard work you share online.I've never experienced any problems with downloading your printables; however, I'm getting an error message when I try to download the A-Z tracing pages. ???Thanks again!

42. I am a subscriber of your blog

43. I liked you on fb

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45. I can't thank you enough… This stuff is AWESOME! I am a first year Kindergarten teacher and this has been such a great help! Thank you!

46. I just found this page and am so grateful to you for sharing! These are amazing resources and I'm so glad that you've made them available to a mommy like me! I can't wait to use them with my daughter.

47. These are so wonderful! Thank you!

48. Victoria says:

I love it! Thank you so much for sharing. These activities will work great in my kindergarten classroom!!

49. Katie says:

WOW! Just when I think I’ve found all your resources, I stumble on another gold mine. Thank you so much!

50. Hi there.. i’m a remedial teacher.. u’r very inspired.. thanks.

51. Hi! I just saw that you posted the A-Z spoon match-up activity on this post. I really appreciate it! You’re awesome! I love how everything is organized in one place. I have been telling everyone I know about your blog. Have a GREAT day!
Tracey

52. Sharon in MI says:

I am pinning this page on Pinterest, after being linked to it through Rockabye Butterfly. I was wondering if there was any way, on the clothespin match game, that you could reverse the direction of the letters so they are facing the outer edge of the circle since the kids would most likely be clipping the clothespin matches onto the bottom of the card, where the letters would be upside-down to them.

53. samone says:

THANKYOU for all of your fab printables. My daughter is too young to attend school but just wants to learn. My printer is now working in overdrive and Ill be up all night laminating! Thankyou so much x.

54. Nicole says:

55. This is amazing, thanks so much for making it available for the moms who aren’t as craft!

56. Gloria Urban says:

Have been teaching PreK for 15 years, thanks for sharing fresh ideas for ABC and PA learning,

57. Mama Terri says:

Love the activities! Thanks for sharing!

58. Wow! I love your ideas and can’t wait to use them with my little man! Thanks for sharing this!!

59. Amy says:

Really cute ideas! I teach K and was looking for more ideas to make for my classroom. One suggestion – all your alphabet and number activities seem to be in order. Review is better out of order otherwise they just sing the song and aren’t really identifying the actual letters/numbers. Just a thought!

60. Hi Erica! I just wanted to say “hi” and “thank you”. I’ve been following your blog silently for awhile now and am always pinning, sharing and using your activities. I really appreciate that you share your printables with all of us. I know it’s an extra step but it makes such a huge difference for all of us. So thank you.

Appreciatively,

Malia {Playdough to Plato}

61. Cindy says:

I am amazed with all you have to offer/share…such a good heart.

62. Thank you for sharing and I’m so thankful I don’t have to recreate the wheel!

63. Roxane says:

Your blog is amazing!! I teach Preschool and absolutely love your ideas and curriculum! Thank you so much! God bless!

64. I am amazed at all your work! Now I just need to get to a color printer and buy a laminator too ;/

65. WOW! This is awesome!! You have done such a ton of work on this! It is amazing!
I will be using this with my daycare kiddos.
Thank you for being so generous and sharing all of it!

66. Happy Pre-K teacher!!!! says:

Your ideas and materials are terrific! Thank you so much for sharing!

67. Cynthia says:

What a EXCELLENT Site….Very unique ideas. This makes me want to be creative again.

68. Lamia says:

I have a kid in grade one who has a problem in reading letters till know. He has a problem in speaking as his mother told me he speaks late. Now I suppose to teach him math as a summer course. The objective is to train him to how read and write numbers till 1o at least and to make hime able to read story problems and solve it. How can I start with hime ? I will meet him eight times each two hours. Appreciate your help

69. Kathy says:

I just wanted to say thanks for the ideas. I am borrowing them for my ESL/ELL class. These activities are cute and great for hands on learning. Kathy

70. reece_codee says:

hi there! i’d like to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for being such a big help for my son.

May God bless you and your family always! You’re a fantastic teacher! Im your fan! =)

71. I must say that I LOVE your blog and it’s been a huge help and inspiration during my first year as a full-time mom of 2 kiddos! I’ve used a few of your awesome pre-k printables with my 4 year old daughter and she loves them. Following some of your ideas and some ideas from other great blogs, I’ve been working with my daughter and she will be WAY ahead when Kindergarten comes! Thanks so much!
Sondra @ Savers4Life.com

72. Angie Cordes says:

I am so happy to have found your blog! You are AMAZING and such a blessing! I love, love your ideas and your willingness to share so much. I just love how God is using you to help us mothers who have been called to homeschool. I am a new homeschool mom of 2 children, 1st grade and pre-K, and I have an 11 month old. Thank you for your inspiration and motivation. May the Lord continue to bless you and your family. Blessings, Angie

73. min says:

Thank you very much for the great ideas.

74. janneth fernandez says:

I can not thank you enough!!! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I felt lost but this site has been beyond amazing! THANK YOU!!!!!