The Reading Sleuths 2021 Game 1: Pick a Letter

This latest offering “Pick A Letter” asks that you spend a day with each letter or symbol and really get to know it.  🙂 Video at the bottom might add additional information that can help the teacher, parent, or reader.   Remember if your reader is struggling even teens, its some very simple tactics that make the difference.  I don’t get into it in details, but just tell them they can be back on track, up to speed,  and ahead of the class requirements in no time!

The Reading Sleuths 2020: Game 1 Pick a Letter

Game One is to let the new reader become familiar with the alphabet, one letter at a time. In this game they will be so excited everytime they find one of their Capital or lowercase pairs. They will learn to find them all over like road signs, magazines, newspapers, books, etc.

In a month they are ready for game two, but no pressure if they want to spend more than one day on a letter. They can also go back and spend another bit of time on letters they do not remember the first time around. Use the alphabet song to allow them to realize that each letter has a name in the song, they can look different with different sizes or fonts.

It is the simplest and most effective start ever, and builds a foundation of excitement, discovery, and confidence.

Game 1:

Pick a Letter

Have the child pick one letter an go through a short book to find every time that letter is used. Make a mark in the notepad every time the letter is seen, and you can count them when you are finished.

Ignore all the other letters. Just practicing holding books and scanning, and becoming familiar with letters and words is such fun. Aa and Ii are great because they are frequently used independently as words and are easy to pronounce.

If you can give the new reader a little notepad to write each letter as they play this game it will help to keep track of progress. They may play this two or three times with each letter, depending on how quickly they can recognize them all.

They can always go back to these anytime. With the rarely used, like Q and Z, find a book with the letter. Just in case they use this book: The quick fox jumped over the quiet zany zebra. 🙂

Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp Qq Rr Ss Tt

Uu Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz.

(Try to draw the letter in your notepad.) Aa |||||

Count: To 1  🙂