The Cut Out Alphabet

You see (above) these standard issue alphabet cards that normally run above your chalkboard...I can't stand them.  They might be more annoying than a Vin Diesel Romantic Comedy (if there ever is/was such a thing).  Which is why as part of the Back-to-School rekindling of relationships with students--we created our own alphabet using National Geographic Explorer and Time For Kids Magazines.

We cut out full-size letters, found words with the specific letters, practiced sounds, and enjoyed the fruits of labor by creating this magnificent beast:

Kids (that I see) in all grades assisted and each group did something a little bit different.  Older students had to find images that matched the letters (which is tougher than it sounds, no pun intended), younger kids practiced letter identification and fine motor (cutting and pasting with glue) skills, and fun was had by all.  It's a nice change of pace for the Zaner-Bloser Boring print I've had in the past.  I'm thinking this will be a yearly event.

Now don't get me wrong, I don't hate Zaner Bloser.  It's just that most of the kid's work happens at a lower eye level and the alphabet is more decoration than strategy (or strategery if you like that word--I do).
I've also found that activities like these can be very insightful because the students will give me all sorts of information about their likes, dislikes, what they've been up to, and how they feel about the school year (which can sometimes be the most important thing to know about a child).

Have a good one and go make your own alphabet.

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