Phonics Lesson: A to F

Improve your young learner’s printing, writing, spelling, and pronunciation with Sprout’s Phonics Cafe! This section starts with the alphabet and works up to letter combinations and words that are difficult to pronounce and spell. This week we’re featuring our colorful lesson on the letters A to F. (more…)

Phonics Lesson: S to Z

Improve your young learner’s printing, writing, spelling, and pronunciation with Sprout’s Phonics Cafe! This section starts with the alphabet and works up to letter combinations and words that are difficult to pronounce and spell. This week we’re featuring our colorful lesson on the letters S to Z. (more…)

Silent ‘e’ Words 2

The goal of our Phonics Cafe section is to improve the literacy of young English language learners. This week’s Spotlight lesson, Silent ‘e’ Words 2, focuses on words that end in the unpronounced final ‘e.’ This little letter affects the pronunciation of a word in a big way!  (more…)

Phonics Lesson: G to L

Sprout’s Phonics Cafe section offers many lessons to help improve low-level English learners’ printing, writing, spelling, and pronunciation. This section starts with the alphabet and works up to letter combinations and words that are difficult to pronounce and spell. This week’s Spotlight lesson is on the letters G to L. Your students will love the colorful illustrations and engaging activities! (more…)

ABC of Alphabet Activities

Sprout English’s theme of the week is all about Reviewing the ABCs. You’ll find hundreds of creative ideas for ABC-themed crafts, games, and activities all over the Internet if you start searching. Here are some of the best ideas we discovered. Be sure to click on the links for full tutorials and instructions from creative teachers and parents. Share your own ideas in the comments!

A is for Art Book

Assign each student a letter (or two) of the alphabet. (Or put some students in pairs if you want to have exactly 26 pieces of art.) Give each student (or grouping) a blank piece of three-ringed paper to create a page of art for the letter (e.g., A is for Auntie). Place all of the art into an Alphabet Art Book binder. Let students take turns taking the book home. Alternatively, do this over the course of the year as a “letter of the week” project. Each child would have his own binder full of art. (more…)

Alphabet Name Game

This week’s Spotlight lesson is Alphabet Review from our Phonics Cafe – Book 2 section. Young English language learners will find 23 pages of printing practice for uppercase and lowercase letters, along with fun illustrations and exercises. After reviewing the alphabet on paper, why not try some oral practice with your students? The following activity is a simple one, but one I use again and again with my students because of the specific letter-sound focus. The instructions below tell you how to play with country names, but you can easily change the theme to suit whatever you’re studying in class (animals, food, etc.). (more…)

Alphabet Review

Teachers and parents, are your kids learning to print the alphabet? This week’s Spotlight lesson features a comprehensive Alphabet Review from Book 2 of our Phonics Cafe section of lessons. Young English language learners will love the colorful illustrations and engaging activities!

This 23-page phonics lesson can be broken up and done over several days so that your learners get as much practice as they need. You can use this lesson on its own to teach students how to print uppercase and lowercase letters, or as a review to the phonics lessons in Book 1 (which are divided up into smaller sections: A–F, G–L, M–R, and S–Z). The printing exercises in Alphabet Review are interspersed with a variety of fun activities (such as exercises matching the letters to sounds) so that kids will get ample practice recognizing, saying, and printing these letters without getting bored!  (more…)

Alphabetizing Fun – Christmas Activities

Beyond the ABCs

alphabet (noun): It’s time to learn the alphabet. You must know your ABCs by the end of this week.
alphabetical (adjective): The attendance list is in alphabetical order. Find your name and check it off.
alphabetize (verb): Please alphabetize the list of resources you used in your report.

Are your young students or children learning how to alphabetize words or lists? Knowing how to put words and lists in alphabetical order is very useful! After all, we don’t always have a handy “search” field available when we want to find something. Knowing how to alphabetize will help your kids:

  • find words in a print dictionary
  • find numbers in a phone book
  • find CDs in a store
  • find books in a library

Teaching Students How to Alphabetize

  1. Teach the alphabet.
  2. Review the alphabet.
  3. Show students how to group a list of words by first letter. (Here is a fun video on alphabetizing that you can show. Or, use the video to see a demonstration of how to teach a lesson on alphabetizing.)
  4. Show students how to sort the alphabetized groups by second letter (in alphabetical order), third letter (and more if necessary). Explain what to do when two or more words have the same second letter.
  5. Teach students to ignore articles (a, an, the) in titles when alphabetizing lists (such as book or movie titles).
  6. Talk about when it’s useful to put things in alphabetical order. (For example: attendance lists.) Talk about the difference between alphabetical order and numerical order.
  7. When you are sure your students know how to alphabetize, show them how to do it quickly on a computer (using “sort” or an online tool, such as Alphabetizer).

Alphabetizing Activities

Alphabetizing doesn’t have to be boring! It can be fun! Why not practice alphabetizing with a theme, such as Christmas? (Adjust these activities to whichever theme you are using.) Here are some activities you can try in December:

Alphabetize the Ornaments (more…)