PS/IS 686 | Brooklyn, NY

Letters and Words

We have started learning letters, sounds, and letter formation(handwriting) using a program called Fundations.  Fundations is a systematic, sequential, multisensory approach to teaching writing early learners how to write letters. We begin by explicitly teaching how to write lowercase letters as these are the letters we read and write most often.  So far, we have learned the letters t, b, f, n, m, c, a, r, o, i, g, d, s, e, u, l, h and k. We include many ways to make learning letters and sounds fun! Some ways include using a mystery box of objects that begin with our sounds, matching 2 piece puzzle pieces and skywriting with our bodies to form letters.  We have also started to learn sight words. Sight words are words that appear frequently in many texts that people read, but can’t easily be sounded out. Learning them helps children become more confident readers. Our words come from shared reading text. Some of the words we have learned so far include I, the, like, is, my, to, and a.