No More Teaching a Letter a Week (Not This but That)

January 31, 2020 - Comment

“Letter-a-week” may be a ubiquitous approach to teaching alphabet knowledge, but that doesn’t mean it’s an effective one. In No More Teaching a Letter a Week, early literacy researcher Dr. William Teale helps us understand that alphabet knowledge is more than letter recognition, and identifies research-based principles of effective alphabet instruction, which constitutes the foundation

“Letter-a-week” may be a ubiquitous approach to teaching alphabet knowledge, but that doesn’t mean it’s an effective one. In No More Teaching a Letter a Week, early literacy researcher Dr. William Teale helps us understand that alphabet knowledge is more than letter recognition, and identifies research-based principles of effective alphabet instruction, which constitutes the foundation for phonics teaching and learning. Literacy coach Rebecca McKay shows us how to bring those principles to life through purposeful practices that invite children to create an identity through print.

Children can and should do more than glue beans into the shape of a “B”; they need to learn how letters create words that carry meaning, so that they can, and do, use print to expand their understanding of the world and themselves.

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Anonymous says:

You can’t all be teaching different letters according to student’s names EVEN though it’s a great idea – the district is your boss Mixed emotions on this book. While I completely agree with the research, I needed more practical solutions to an alternative. Especially when your district wants consistency betweeen classes. You can’t all be teaching different letters according to student’s names EVEN though it’s a great idea – the district is your boss.

Anonymous says:

Great resource for my staff to help them see that … Great resource for my staff to help them see that there is another way to teach the alphabet to our preschoolers. An easy read with numerous examples.

Anonymous says:

A great read! Great read to confirm what many Kindergarten teachers knew. Easy read and research based activities to replace old teaching. Will be using with my teachers this year!

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