In a simple and entrancing activity, these letter dots help students master one of the most crucial steps to pre-writing – letter identification. Putting that activity on the light table makes it even more attractive!
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Letters can be tricky for preschool students. One of the very first steps to understanding the alphabet is recognizing how the different letters are formed. This has to happen before students can recognize, write, or sound out the different letters. Students gain familiarity with the shapes of the letters by placing the dots in the indicated spaces. More advanced students still enjoy the activity as review, practice oral language, letter sounds, and more!
Setting Up for Success with Letter Dots
This is a very easy center to have ready at a moment’s notice. All that is required is:
- a light table – (Play to Learn uses this one here, but any kind will do.)
- translucent bingo chips or table scatter
- these letter dot pages (printed on transparency paper works great, but even thin printer paper will do.)
That’s it. Super easy and ready in minutes, easy to set up, and easy to clean up – these letter dots are pretty much every teacher’s dream center!
Add even more interest to the center by adding seasonal or themed table scatter. Simply changing to stars, hearts, or little gems adds a new level of fun in the preschooler’s eyes!
One of the loveliest perks of this kind of center is that students can be entirely independent while working, or the teacher can work one-on-one or in small groups. Of course, students might need a little guidance at first, but once they get going, it is smooth sailing!
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