Preschool

Teach a Student to Read: Letters and Graphemes is a preschool workbook the precedes the Teach a Student to Read reading program. Before learning to read, a student must know the letters of the alphabet.

A letter is a character or symbol in an alphabet. Letters are the raw materials for making graphemes and markers. Letters and Graphemes teaches the names of the letters in the English writing system. The workbook also teaches the forms (uppercase and lowercase) of the English letters. Rather than alphabetical order, the workbook teaches the letters in order of frequency according to the Cornell University Math Explorer’s Project.

The first section of the workbook introduces the twenty-six letters of the English alphabet and focuses on letter recognition. Because mature grasp does not fully develop until between the ages of 5 and 6, the initial activities do not require tracing or writing. A “For adults” section at the beginning of each letter provides information about some of the phones that the letter can spell as well as other important information. The adult should share that information with the student.

Teach a Student to Read: Letters and Graphemes also introduces graphemes. Graphemes are units of one, two (digraphs), or three (trigraphs) letters that spell sounds. Graphemes are written. Graphemes are made of letters. Examples of graphemes include the <c>, <a>, and <t> in the word cat; the <sh> and <th> in the words shirt and three; and the <tch> and <igh> in the words catch and sight. Graphemes are enclosed in angle brackets. The second section of the workbook introduces digraphs and trigraphs and focuses on grapheme recognition. The graphemes chosen occur in the most common words in English and various sight word lists.

The third second of the workbook focuses on writing the twenty-six letters of the English alphabet. Each letter comes with instructions for right-handed and left-handed students.

Most children learn to read between the ages of 6 and 7. Some children are ready at age 4 or 5. Knowledge of letters is required before learning to read. Teach a Student to Read: Letters and Graphemes is therefore recommended for students between the ages of 3 and 6.

The primary goal of Teach a Student to Read: Letters and Graphemes is to teach the names and forms of the letters of the English writing system. The secondary goal is to introduce the student to units of letters (graphemes) spelling sounds. Students will learn that two or three letters together can spell one sound. The workbook finally introduces students to the concept that not all letters spell sounds.

The 215-page preschool workbook is available for purchase via Amazon.

Sample Pages

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