Teaching the letter A can be a lot of fun! You will find below my Letter A Lesson Plans for Kindergarten! You can also use many of these ideas in preschool as well.
When teaching the letter A, make sure you emphasize that the letter A is tricky for several reasons.
- There are 2 fonts to teach the children. Make sure you explicitly show the children that the a looks like this –> a AND, the a can also look like a circle with a stick next to it. The confusing fonts really can make learning to read difficult for children. (Our carousel alphabet explicitly teaches both font styles to the children. Make sure you purchase and download a copy at the bottom of this post).
- We recommend teaching the sort letter A sound first and ONLY TEACHING that short vowel sound before you introduce any other vowel sound. Use the Letter A short vowel sound as an example and really emphasize the short vowel sound a… make sure your student understands that that sound before moving on to any other vowel! We recommend staring with the short letter A sound and only teaching and emphasizing that sound until the children understand that the short a/vowel sound controls the word. Map, Cat, Fat, Rat, Mad…the Short A controls that word. You can change the word sound and meaning by changing the vowel: Mop, cot, rot, mod, for instance.
Letter A Book List
When teaching the letter A -start out with a Letter A Book List for Kindergarten. There are so many great books to read along with your Letter A unit!
Letter A Crafts
In addition, there are so many good Letter A crafts you can do too!
Letter A Lessons and Literacy Center ideas
Anyway, in terms of worksheets – I have over 100 pages and activities included for you in the Letter A Lesson Plans for Kindergarten download! Again, I teach Letter A in the fall so many of the activities are fall related. Regardless, here is what is included with your download and some pictures of the Letter A Lesson Plans for Kindergarten activities. (If you don’t teach the letter A in the fall, that is okay too -there are a ton of Letter A activities you can do that are not fall related).
I have several Letter A lesson and Literacy Center Ideas for you! Everything is included in purchase below. Literacy Center Ideas: included in this Letter A Lesson Plans for Kindergarten pack
- Letter A Worksheet Pack (incluced)
- Letter A mini-book (included)
- A Happy Tree Activity (Included)
- Fall Cutting Skills worksheets (included)
- Build a Scarecrow Activity (included)
- Fall Seek and Find Activity (included)
- Fall Short A activity (included)
- Leaf Cut and Paste the Short A sound
- October Sight Word worksheets…(use as needed) included)
- Apple picking cut and past (included)
- Wiki Stick letters
- Play the Alligator Short a game (included)
- Spot and Dot Letter A
- Practice Handwriting the Letter A
All of the activities included above can be bought in our store/(You may use your account funds to pay for these lessons!)
Other Ideas for Letter A Lesson Plans for Kindergarten:
- Question of the Day: Is the Letter A in your name?
- Make Ants with your finger prints
- Have a bucket or bowl in the center of the room. Place magnetic letters or letters in the bucket. You can also place beginning sound pictures in the bucket and have a child choose a letter and then say a word that starts with that letter OR if they choose a picture, have them say the beginning sound.
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About the Authors:
Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading, Mrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 7 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets. Over the last 7 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.