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It's Easy As A,B,C!

Singing the ABC's can bring you back to your preschool days, help you wash your hands for a long-enough period of time, and of course help you with the first steps of understanding written language. It sounds simple enough to sing the song a few times, pair it with a visual, and then miraculously have your student be an ABC-expert. However, the ABC's of ABC are often more complex and can require  letter-by-letter teaching.

We're teaching the ABC's  to one of the little guys I have as a client this semester. For him, the distinction between the letters is difficult. To help him learn his ABCs we've created a receptive, matching task using this "Letter Box". He loves mixing up the letters in the box and then seeing which letter he pulled out. He then matches the letter he pulled out to the visual on the table. Usually, we have to pull the box away from him because we've spent 20 minutes matching letters and causing a small, alphabet earthquake!


So here's how I made the "Letter Box":

  1. First, I bought an adorable pair of shoes from Steve Madden (this part not required). 
  2. I took the empty shoe box and cut a hole in the cover of the box big enough to fit someones hand. 
  3. I then cut a bright piece of construction paper to fit on the cover and used glue AND tape to secure it.
  4. Turning the cover over, I secured a piece of black construction paper over the hole I had cut. I then cut slits in the black paper so that you can reach into the box, but not see what's inside.
  5. I printed letters and alphabet images, and pasted them to decorate the top and bottom of the box.
  6. We played!


Try this one out! Not just for letters, but for anything you might want to hide and match/name/categorize. It's a great activity and simple to make!

Happy Friday!

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