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Supporting Early Literacy with Numbers Templates.
Throughout the many years of my early childhood teaching career, one thing has been constant, children need to know the names of the letters of the alphabet. Knowing the name of each individual letter provides children with a language to speak about their writing. Throughout my career, I have used many worksheets to support students in learning the alphabet and individual letter names. This has not always been successful, particularly for those students who are yet to develop strong fine motor skills.
The introduction of the iPad and in particular the use of the Numbers App into my classroom has had a profound effect. All students no matter what level are now able to really engage with learning, as the template provides opportunities for differentiated experience. Using the simple Numbers template that I have made, students are able to listen to letter names, sounds that the letter sometimes makes, physically interact with the screen to complete simple tasks, by dragging text boxes, and draw and photograph artefacts. All of the included activities provide students with a way to share what they know and understand about the letters of the alphabet. And for those who aren’t quite ready, there are multiple visuals and modelled language to support them no matter where they are on their educational journey.
This Alphabet workbook has been created using the Numbers App. The animated GIF was created using Keynote. Royalty free images were accessed from Pexels.com. If you would find a demonstration on how I created the template useful, please comment below and I can add one at a later date.