Letter recognition and letter sounds become fun to teach and learn when interesting activities are involved. This preschool lesson plan incorporates the use of Montessori Letters with basic art supplies to produce a tactile learning experience.
Plain white paper
Crayon or paper chalk
Alphabet wall chart
Ask the students what they know about letters. Responses will vary. Point to the alphabet wall chart and see if any of the children can recognize the letters. read the book Chika Chika Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault. Sing the ABC song.
This lesson will teach letter recognition and sounds simultaneously. Review the letters and sounds with the students before starting individual attention.
In an individual session with each student, the educator will supply paper, crayon or chalk and a Montessori Letter. The first activity is to have the child trace the tile with their finger as they say the name of the letter. Repeat this with the letter sound.
The second part of the lesson is to create a rubbing of the letter using either paper chalk or crayon. If using a crayon, remove the wrapper and use the side of the crayon for rubbing. Have the student place paper on top of Montessori Letter. Rub with the side of a crayon or paper chalk. Have the student say the letter name and make the appropriate letter sound.
See if the student can name the letter and the sound. Advanced students can use upper and lower case letters or cursive letters.
Create a sensory letter book using a variety of materials. Make a classroom letter chart with all of the different letters created by the students. Have students make a lapbook using their favorite letter rubbings.
Use the same rubbing technique in math and science lessons. For math, take rubbings of coins to explore the concepts of money, include the letters “c" for coin and “m" for money. Science lessons can include rubbings of tree bark (letter “t" or “b"), leaves (letter “L"), and flowers (letter “f").