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  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.

More information

• [Numbers for iPad Tutorials]

• [Keynote for iPad Animation


All Comments

Posted on November 04, 2022

Thanks for your insights and for sharing this amazing A-Z Numbers scaffold. I particularly love the use of a sheet for each letter as it’s so accessible for our early learners.

Posted on November 05, 2022

This is amazing Sandy! So much learning in one page 🥰 Wish I was still in the classroom so I could use it with my preppies 🫶🏻

Posted on November 08, 2022

What a great way to use Sheets, creating such valuable resources for learning Sandy! So many opportunities here for learners to connect with letters in different ways, developing their understanding. Thank you! :0)

Posted on November 19, 2022

Thanks for sharing these templates with us, Sandy. What a great example of a multimodal learning resource!

Posted on December 06, 2022

This is a great way to use Numbers, thanks so much for sharing Sandy! I love the clear structure, the ways that the activities can easily be differentiated, and the opportunities for students to develop their understanding in lots of different ways. 😊

Posted on December 06, 2022

This is awesome. Thanks for sharing. Kim going to try this with my junior special ed class.

Posted on April 23, 2023

Thanks Kim, I would love to get feedback on whether your class enjoyed using the template. Thanks Sandy

Posted on April 23, 2023

Oops Thanks Cherie, mistook the Kim as your name. Apologies!

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