Lesson 2:

Timothy teaches the letter Mm by making a moose hand puppet

To teach the letter Mm, Timothy has the children make a moose hand puppet (since moose starts with the letter Mm.) The children make the puppet by coloring a print-out of a moose, cutting it out, and gluing it to a paper lunch sack.

The Alternative Lesson Plan

Many children have learned successfully with this lesson. But those who continue to struggle need an alternative lesson plan as follows:

  • Teach the letters of the alphabet without the arts and crafts.

Some children may be distracted by the fun puppet-making activity and fail to see its relevance to learning the letters.  For these children, it is more effective to reserve arts and crafts activities for fine-motor (small muscle) development and instead give them more direct instruction of the letters.

  • Mirror the same thought processes as used in the real-life context.

Although some children may successfully learn to identify the letter Mm and its sound through this activity, they may need more assistance in applying this information during actual reading and writing.  Some children need the lesson to reflect the exact same thought processes required to apply the information in the real-life reading and writing context.

  • Teach all the letters together as they occur in the real world.

Although some children appear successful in learning the letters one at a time, the information can seem random when they try to apply it to real-life reading and writing contexts.  These children need methods that allow them to learn all the letters together as they naturally occur in the real world.

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