- Introduce the letters of the alphabet using a set of flashcards, holding up each letter in alphabetical order and getting the children to repeat each letter as you hold it up. Repeat the process until the children are familiar with the sounds of the letters.
- Check for recognition of the more difficult letters (g, j, k, w, etc) by sticking four or five letters to the board using Blu-tac ®. Say one of the letters and get a child or children to point to the letter you have just said.
Completing the Alphabet soup Worksheet
- Hand out the worksheet and get the children to look at the illustration. Explain that you are going to call out the letters and that they have to circle the letters as you call them out.
- Call out the letters of the alphabet in any order and the children circle each letter as they hear it. Start with some of the easier letters (s, l, m, etc) to give the children confidence.
- You will need to walk around the room checking that the children are on the right track as there is no way of checking once the worksheet is finished and all the letters are circled.
- When all of the letters have been circled, the children can colour the picture. If there is limited time, the colouring activity can be set for homework, encouraging children to practise pronouncing the letters at home.
- Since there is no particular order for the letters to be called out, the worksheet can be re-used at different stages in the year (end of term review, etc) as a way of revising the alphabet, each time varying the order of the letters. The teacher may also decide to prioritize certain letters leaving other letters out and therefore spending less time on the activity.