Our goal is to present letters and sounds in a way that is both meaningful and authentic for students.
by introducing each student’s written name and identifying as a whole group the first letter and sound of each child’s name. We wanted students to take ownership of this alphabet because it will encourage them to use it as it is something special they created.
Each student used watercolour paint to create a unique background for our collaborative alphabet.
|Watercolour painting the background for our alphabet.|
Putting the Alphabet together:
"It's like a puzzle and we had to put it together." - T.K.
|Building our alphabet by matching the lower case letters |
with upper case letters.
Making it Meaningful
The students discussed the beginning sounds of each other’s names and what letter each photograph should be placed on. Students were able to make many connections during this activity as they have a strong connection to their names and those of their friends. Students were then invited to photograph images in their inside and outside environment to build to their alphabet.
|The children taking photographs of objects |
found in our classroom.This was followed by a
discussion about letter sounds and where
to place the photographs on our alphabet.
Engage and Explore
We wanted to give our students access
to all letters and sounds. The co-constructed alphabet is posted at our Graphic Communication center as a resource for students to engage with and further explore.