Thursday, January 3, 2013

Letter Naming Fluency Idea

At least in Alabama, with Kindergarten comes Dibels...which in turn means we must assess letter naming.  It can become tedious and boring at times.  Here is a little tip I shared at the beginning of the year over on TBA in case you missed it:
  I like to let kids tear out word searches from coloring books and use them to practice "reading" (or identifying) the letters from left to right.  Something about the fact that it came from a coloring book makes it seem more fun to them. 
 (It is also another opportunity during the day for them to practice tracking with their finger left to right.) 
 First they read the letters with partners and then ready they come up and read them to me.  When they are finished and successful with most of it, I let them color the page/around the edges (or the back of the page).  The kids love it!
 Of course, they don't necessarily read ALL the letters to me.   I might have them read 3-5 lines or more, depending on their skill level.  With their partners, they may practice reading the whole page.
It saves me time because I am not running letter naming pages off on the copier and there is no shortage of coloring books at my house (I also ask parents to donate old or new activity/coloring books at the beginning of the year for a variety of uses =).  It provides a break from the standard pages of letter naming we normally do when progress monitoring. 

Hope someone can use this tip! =)


  1. Such a simple idea! One of those why didn't I think of that moments! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Awesome idea to use with my 4 yr old!!!!

  3. Love this idea! Thanks for the tip. I read your blog often and find your ideas very relevant and engaging which is what I need :)

  4. Awesome idea! Isn't is weird how they love to color around things? Mine are always asking me if they can color the border and stuff on our writing papers!

    Teachery Tidbits

  5. I LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I love this idea! Especially because I usually bypass word searches as an activity because my kids just don't really get what they are supposed to be doing. Another use for them...thank you so much for sharing! :)


  7. What a great idea. I have tons of these books and they just sit in a drawer. Looks like I will be pulling them out! I have some pages I have made to use but this will give me variety. Thanks for the great idea!

    Jen from Simply Kinder

  8. FANTASTIC idea!!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

    Jessica =)

  9. Wonderful idea! This is perfect for many of my students! Thanks for sharing!!

    Reading Toward the Stars

  10. Oh my gosh! The best ideas are the simplest. I love it!


  11. What a fantastic idea, Jennifer! So perfect for Kinders and letter practice.
    Gosh, I wish I'd thought of it when I taught Kinder!

  12. You are BLOODY BRILLIANT you are!

  13. I love this idea! :) I'll be using this with my Tier III kiddos. :)

    Sugar and Spice

  14. I had never thought to use word searches this way! Quick and easy practice!
    Conversations in Literacy

  15. What a fabulous idea! And what teacher doesn't love FREE? :)

    The Littlest Scholars

  16. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing the tip! :)
    Crayons and Curls

  17. OMG-duh! What a fabulous idea! Love how we can spend oodles of time creating assessments and activities and all ya need is a words search book. Plus they can even do it when they're done! Our kiddos love searches. This is a great idea Jennifer!
    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

  18. Love this idea. What a great way to engage and assess all at the same time.
    Life with Mrs. L