Letter Recognition & the Alphabetic Principle

After phonemic awareness, the best predictor of early reading achievement is letter recognition. However, accuracy of letter recognition is not enough. The speed and fluency with which a child recognizes letters is strongly related to reading achievement among beginning readers. Therefore the goal of letter recognition work must be mastery (accuracy and speed).

Teach the alphabetic principle before you teach the alphabet.

Before beginning formal instruction in letter-sounds, show the child how to use her phonemic awareness to identify an alphabet letter by its sound when the letter is linked with an object or picture. Because the child now understands the alphabetic principle (that letters and speech sounds map onto each other), she is prepared to understand, identify, learn and remember the 26 alphabet letter-sounds.

Standup Alphabet Cards [Small Set]

Letter Recognition Game

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Hands-on alphabet materials children will want to play with again and again. The pictures on the cards allow the child to identify, understand and remember the sound each letter makes. Fun repetition leads to alphabet mastery.

Hands-on alphabet materials children will want to play with again and again. The pictures on the cards allow the child to identify, understand and remember the sound each letter makes. Fun repetition leads to alphabet mastery.

Standup Alphabet Cards [Large Set]

Letter Recognition Game

Price: $12.00

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Hands-on alphabet materials children will want to play with again and again. The pictures on the cards allow the child to understand, identify and remember the sound each letter makes. Fun repetition leads to alphabet mastery.

Hands-on alphabet materials children will want to play with again and again. The pictures on the cards allow the child to understand, identify and remember the sound each letter makes. Fun repetition leads to alphabet mastery.


Teach Letter Mastery.

The child must master the alphabet sounds through games and activities that produce meaningful repetition. He should learn them by sound, not by name. (Names will come later.) The alphabet is best divided into clusters, arranged so as not to create confusion between similar looking or sounding letters. The child masters one cluster at a time—in sequence—until all 26 letters are learned. Introduction to decoding does not begin until the child has achieved some level of mastery (accuracy and speed) of the entire alphabet. Recommended clusters: [1] a, g, h, m, s; [2] c, d, l, o, t; [3] f, i, p, r, u, [4] e, j, k, n, w; [5] b, v, y, z, qu, x.

Alphabet Pockets

Independent Letter Recognition Practice

Price: $15.00

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Each envelope or “pocket” contains 4 letter cards and 4 picture cards. The student matches each picture with the appropriate letter. This activity strengthens neural connections crucial to letter-sound retrieval used in fluent decoding. Materials for 32 alphabet pockets.

Each envelope or “pocket” contains 4 letter cards and 4 picture cards. The student matches each picture with the appropriate letter. This activity strengthens neural connections crucial to letter-sound retrieval used in fluent decoding. Materials for 32 alphabet pockets.

Beginning Sounds & Letters

Independent Letter Recognition Practice

Price: $10.00

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An independent activity for reinforcing automatic letter recognition. The child uses phonemic awareness to identify the beginning sound of the picture, then places a game piece (not included) above the correct letter. 78 cards.

An independent activity for reinforcing automatic letter recognition. The child uses phonemic awareness to identify the beginning sound of the picture, then places a game piece (not included) above the correct letter. 78 cards.

Letter & Picture Sorting

Independent Letter Recognition Practice

Price: $10.00

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An independent activity for reinforcing automatic letter recognition. The child sorts the cards by isolating beginning sounds and then placing the pictures beneath the correct letter. 3 pictures per alphabet letter.

An independent activity for reinforcing automatic letter recognition. The child sorts the cards by isolating beginning sounds and then placing the pictures beneath the correct letter. 3 pictures per alphabet letter.

Alphabet Mastery Game

Independent Letter Recognition Practice

Price: $8.00

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An independent activity for reinforcing automatic letter recognition. Cards are placed in a stack, pictures facing down. The child identifies the letter (by sound first, later by name) and then turns the cards over to verify his answer. 52 cards. Lower case and upper case sets.

An independent activity for reinforcing automatic letter recognition. Cards are placed in a stack, pictures facing down. The child identifies the letter (by sound first, later by name) and then turns the cards over to verify his answer. 52 cards. Lower case and upper case sets.

Blended Sounds and Letters

Independent Letter Recognition Practice

Price: $10.00

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An independent activity for reinforcing automatic recognition of letter patterns. The student uses phoneme segmentation to isolate the first two sounds of the vocabulary picture, then places a game piece (not included) above the correct letters. 66 cards.

An independent activity for reinforcing automatic recognition of letter patterns. The student uses phoneme segmentation to isolate the first two sounds of the vocabulary picture, then places a game piece (not included) above the correct letters. 66 cards.

Ending Sounds and Letters

Independent Letter Recognition Practice

Price: $10.00

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An independent activity which strengthens letter recognition and the understanding of the alphabetic principle. The beginning reader uses phoneme segmentation to isolate the last sound of the vocabulary picture, then places a game piece (not included) next to the correct letter. 72 cards.

An independent activity which strengthens letter recognition and the understanding of the alphabetic principle. The beginning reader uses phoneme segmentation to isolate the last sound of the vocabulary picture, then places a game piece (not included) next to the correct letter. 72 cards.

Middle Vowel Sounds & Letters

Phoneme Segmentation Practice

Price: $10.00

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An independent activity which strengthens letter recognition and the understanding of the alphabetic principle. The beginning reader uses phoneme segmentation to isolate the middle vowel sound of the vocabulary picture, then places a game piece (not included) next to the correct letter. 72 cards

An independent activity which strengthens letter recognition and the understanding of the alphabetic principle. The beginning reader uses phoneme segmentation to isolate the middle vowel sound of the vocabulary picture, then places a game piece (not included) next to the correct letter. 72 cards

Middle Vowel Sorting Game

Phoneme Segmentation Practice

Price: $10.00

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An independent activity which strengthens short vowel recognition and the understanding of the alphabetic principle. The beginning reader uses phoneme segmentation to isolate the middle vowel sound of the vocabulary picture, then places the picture card beneath the correct short vowel. 8 picture cards per vowel.

 

An independent activity which strengthens short vowel recognition and the understanding of the alphabetic principle. The beginning reader uses phoneme segmentation to isolate the middle vowel sound of the vocabulary picture, then places the picture card beneath the correct short vowel. 8 picture cards per vowel.

 

Phonogram Flash Cards Set 1 [Large]

Advanced Letter Recognition

Price: $18.00

Item #220

Written English uses 26 letters individually and in combinations to represent the approximately 44 sounds in our spoken language. Children need to gain fluency (accuracy and speed) in recognizing these phonograms. 66 cards.

Written English uses 26 letters individually and in combinations to represent the approximately 44 sounds in our spoken language. Children need to gain fluency (accuracy and speed) in recognizing these phonograms. 66 cards.

Phonogram Flash Cards Set 2 [Small]

Advanced Letter Recognition

Price: $15.00

Item #221

Written English uses 26 letters individually and in combinations to represent the approximately 44 sounds in our spoken language. Children need to gain fluency (accuracy and speed) in recognizing these phonograms. 66 cards.

Written English uses 26 letters individually and in combinations to represent the approximately 44 sounds in our spoken language. Children need to gain fluency (accuracy and speed) in recognizing these phonograms. 66 cards.


General

“Learning to Read is Child’s Play”, by Maunz, Matthews and Klein

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OUT OF PRINT

The sequence, the research, the materials and the 30 years classroom experience which form the foundation of a practical, developmentally appropriate program that leads young children gently but surely into reading. A how-to manual for the early childhood classroom.

OUT OF PRINT

The sequence, the research, the materials and the 30 years classroom experience which form the foundation of a practical, developmentally appropriate program that leads young children gently but surely into reading. A how-to manual for the early childhood classroom.

Sequence of Instruction Chart

PDF Chart a sequence of reading instruction

This sequence of instruction chart is available in the Handouts tab.

This sequence of instruction chart is available in the Handouts tab.

Student Progress Chart

Student Progress Chart

The entire Student Progress Chart can be downloaded in the Handouts tab.

The entire Student Progress Chart can be downloaded in the Handouts tab.