Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Alphabet Family

Play is such an important part of a child's learning and I try to make it a huge part of my classroom environment.  I incorporate literacy into all areas of the room so my students experience reading and writing through their play.  The block station is a definite favorite when it comes to areas of the classroom and lately kids have been asking if there are any people to use in the structures they build.  Up until this point they've just been pretending that the smaller blocks are people.  Boy will they be excited tomorrow when I introduce them to the Alphabet Family! 

A while back I came across a blog with tons of alphabet activities (I wish I could remember which one it was).  She wrote about using doll pins to create little wooden people with letters on their chests.  Such a clever idea!  She actually painted hers and made them quite fancy.  I, on the otherhand, just used a black Sharpie to write the uppercase letter on one side and the lowercase letter on the other.  I decided not to add faces, hair, clothes, etc. because I may have my students take part in that step if they decide the dolls need a bit more detail.  I'm kind of loving the natural feel of them now, though.  And having them a little unfinished makes it seem more open-ended, which I also love.

I'm looking forward to seeing what adventures the Alphabet Family go on very soon!
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