Recognizing letters and learning their formation is one of the first exposures to literacy that a child has. Without a strong understanding of the Alphabet, a student’s ability to read could be greatly impacted. That knowledge of the Alphabet is commonly considered one of the best predictors of later achievement in reading. So giving our students various materials and ways to manipulate letters is imperative.
But teaching letter recognition and formation doesn’t have to be boring. By offering various tools and objects to create meaningful instruction, students will remain focused and engaged on learning. These various mats are what you’ll find in my independent work stations. My students really enjoy working with them. They love having the choice to use materials that they enjoy and I like that they are working independently, building fine motor skills, and letter recognition.
Take a look at all the items included below.