Showing posts from November, 2019

Alphabet Formation Songs Animated Videos!

This blog is all about our  Alphabet Formation Songs Animated videos ! Each song shows kids the steps for writing both the capital and lowercase letter, and all of them have beginning sound pictures, too!  This collection of videos is an AMAZING tool to use in the classroom, and many teachers have already been using them via internet video on our HeidiSongs Video Streaming Site . But since quite a few people still prefer to use DVDs, we have them available on DVD as well ! Throughout the videos, we refer to the lined paper lines as "Sky, fence, grass, dirt/mud," as you see in the image below.  You may remember this method from my blog post Tips for Teaching Kids to Write on Lined Paper , and also on my post, From Pre-Writing Strokes to Letters on Sky, Grass, Dirt Paper!   These posts have some free downloads to help with this, but to introduce it, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the Living Letters program from , and especially their book, Living Letters:  A Story About W

“My Holiday Traditions Number Book” Easy Reader Project!

This little Holiday Traditions Number Book is such a great way to teach multi-cultural holidays, language arts, number writing, AND do a little craft all at the same time! It’s called “ My Holiday Traditions Around the World NUMBER Book ” and I can’t wait to share it with you!  It goes along perfectly with my existing Holiday Traditions Around the World book; in fact, it uses parts of the same illustrations!  So if you like that book, you’ll probably like this one, too! Click here to find it on TpT.   Click here to find it on This project is a fun, easy reader for kids to make when learning about holiday traditions around the world.  In it, the kids make the illustrations for their own easy reader book that gives just “the gist” of ten different holiday traditions, all told in a rhyming number poem. The little crafty illustrations are a great follow up activity to reading our Holiday Traditions Around the World  read aloud book, (or reading about these holiday

15+ (Mostly) FREE Hands-On Alphabet Letter Building Ideas!

Today, I am excited to share more than 15 hands-on ways for kids to build a letter!  Building alphabet letters is a great way to help children remember its shape and form.  My class added this to our weekly Letter of the Week routine this year, and I am SO glad that we did!  It seems to be making a HUGE difference especially to my lower students- those that have come with little prior exposure to the alphabet and/or no preschool experience.  And that's definitely a WIN! It seems that the more the kids build and form that letter, the more likely it is that they will recognize it later.  This, combined with our Letter of the Week Focus Wall routine and weekly practice writing the letter, our HeidiSongs Alphabet Songs , and our daily Zoo Phonics practice from A-Z are making the most difference in helping the children learn the alphabet. Our Weekly Routine for Letter Building As we study our letter of the week, we pick one day to do letter building, but it could cert