Mastery of the alphabet is the key to reading and writing, so Kindergarten teacher Kari Bonnema began this school year with a fun, interactive ABC Bootcamp for her students. For the first 26 days of school, Kari’s students focused on one letter each day. “Training” each day involved charting pictures for each letter, exploring sounds and actions to pair with the letter, practicing writing each letter, and engaging in fun alphabet games. Students were also encouraged to bring 1 item from home that started with the letter of the day.
Parents were able to celebrate their child’s ‘graduation’ from ABC Bootcamp at a fun program that began with an alphabet fashion show! Each student walked individually down the “catwalk” modeling a paper vest pasted in different pictures reflecting their letter. They then pointed to and named items on their vest – ‘Trumpet’, ‘T-Rex’, & ‘Tray’ for example – while striking a pose. At the end, students joined together to sing and act out the full alphabet. They demonstrated that they both had mastered the letters and had fun doing so! Parents and children closed the program by reading their alphabet books together and enjoying a snack.
“I want my students to open their eyes to the alphabet that is all around them and have fun discovering it,” Kari explains. Learning should be fun at any age, but especially in Kindergarten!