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Lesson 1:

Sally teaches the letter Mm with a worksheet

To teach the letter Mm, Sally downloads a worksheet from the internet that contains pictures of various objects. Sally has the children draw circles around the objects that start with the letter Mm, such as a monkey, a moose, and a mandarin.

Why this lesson falls short for some children...

First, teaching young children concepts in a pen-and-paper format such as a worksheet is not developmentally appropriate. Young children need concepts to be portrayed in a much more meaningful and concrete manner. Seatwork can also cause young children to become bored and restless.

Second, this activity does not involve the same thought processes needed to effectively learn and apply the information in the real-life context. Simply circling pictures of objects that start with the letter Mm does not develop the letter-sound knowledge needed to decode or write words with the letter Mm.

Third, teaching one letter at a time is not recommended. With the right techniques, young children can efficiently learn all the letters together as they occur in actual reading and writing contexts.

Learn to teach this lesson properly

  • Teach all the letters together as they occur in actual reading and writing contexts.
  • Teach reading by using the same thought processes used in the real-life context.
  • Teach in concrete ways that work for young children, instead of worksheets and pen-and-paper tasks.

Improve your instruction of young learners

To learn the specific methods for teaching this lesson correctly, please see Programs and Get the Books.