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Emerging writers, no matter how cute they may be, need real motivation. I mean, they would much rather draw and doodle than even feign interest in letters. We’ve found that the age old concept of traceables can go a long way with our little ones. Our traceable alphabet book (free printable) is just what the cutest early learners need.
Our Fall traceable cut-outs are an easy way to get started. It can also help with vocabulary, because each letter corresponds with a fall themed item. What adorable kindergartener doesn’t love saying “pumpkin?”
We’ve done all the work for you!! This is a FREE printable to help your little one recognize and write letters!! The fall themed alphabet traceable printable can be used in so many ways.
You can have your little one(s) sit with you and go to town with some safety scissors. Once each square is cut out, you can place the letters in order (this can also be apart of the ABC process too!) Then, it’s time to get ready to attempt the activity.
You can hold up each card, one at a time and sound our the letter together. For example, hold up the card for “A” and say aloud “A is for Acorn. Can you say ACORN?” Then maybe speak for a moment about what acorns are, and ask if your little one has seen one in real life!
The next step is the most important. You hand the card over and have your student trace the uppercase and lowercase letters. Once traced, they can color or decorate the card as they please.
Repeat the process for each card. It’s important to note that you don’t have to do them all in one day. Divide them up and maybe attempt three a day. Once they are complete they can be attached to a piece of yarn for hanging, or you can create a “ABC book” for future reference. Little ones are extremely proud when they can demonstrate prior knowledge. Maybe review each day by asking “Do you remember the letters we learned yesterday?” Have them go over it and attempt to repeat the corresponding words on each card.
Another idea, and the way I will be using it with our kindergartner, is to allow him to trace the letters with water colors and then create the book. Liam is obsessed with painting and I know that a big project like this will intrigue him and inspire him to do his best work.
This activity is fun, and is valuable. It isn’t a “one-off” lesson. It can be used for reference for just about any other activity. And best of all, it will be a part of the students work that remains on display. When you hang a student’s work it shows that you found it to be well done. It is a source of pride for the student, and also gives the teacher something to turn to if they are having trouble remembering their letters.
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