Favorite things letter identification can be used as a means of reinforcing previously taught letters, or as an introduction to new letters.
Begin with a magnetic board with magnetic counters. (I used round magnets with colored dot stickers on them.) On a sheet of paper, draw a large picture of something your child adores. For William it was a train, Corinne a butterfly. I also drew a helicopter and a puppy. Once you are satisfied with the design, trace over it with marker, then add several dot stickers and laminate or place in a clear protective plastic sheet. Then, once it is protected with plastic, use a wet erase marker to write the desired focus letters on each dot. Prepare a dice with the same letters.
Invite your child to roll the dice and identify the letter name on it. Then, have your child use a magnet to cover up a letter on the favorite things drawing that matches.
While Corinne knows about half her letters, I chose to have her practice shapes instead, following the same steps as above. Because I laminated these sheets and then used a wet erase marker to label the dot stickers, they can be erased and used for multiple purposes.
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.