Creating a literacy-rich environment is one of the top goals of a quality preschool, pre-k and kindergarten environment. Displaying words throughout the classroom helps children make the connection between written words and physical objects in their world. This free printable alphabet word wall set for preschool and kindergarten is a great tool for teaching the alphabet and beginning sounds using alphabet pictures and common words.
Using a classroom alphabet word wall:
How to teach the alphabet using a word wall
PAIRING YOUR WORD WALL WORDS WITH YOUR LARGE GROUP AREA OR WRITING CENTER PROVIDE EASY WAYS TO INCORPORATE TEXT INTO YOUR DAY.
This word wall set includes both uppercase and lowercase letters on the headers so that kids can see both uppercase letters and lowercase together and build on their letter matching skills.
Line the alphabet up on a large space of wall or print at a smaller scale to fit onto a bulletin board.
When paired with your large group space you can use the word wall as you introduce new letters. Whether you use a letter of the week program or a different style of alphabet practice for your literacy program, this free alphabet word wall will provide lots of alphabet activities for kindergarteners and preschoolers
As you introduce new letters to your children, you can easily focus on alphabet sounds as you review a wide variety of words that start with your focus letter.
More ways to use the word wall cards during large group activities:
- Who can find capital letters that only have straight lines?
- What are three words that start with the letter ____?
- Who has a name that starts with ______?
- As you sing alphabet songs, use the alphabet headers and point to the letters as you sing them.
Using an alphabet word wall in the writing center.
extending your writing center
In a writing center you can use the alphabet word wall to focus on letter formation, writing words, and even letter tracing by laminating the cards and having the children trace the word cards.
Place the word cards in a tray and have the children hang them below the correct letter. (This works great if you are using Stikki clips to hang the cards, so that the kids don’t have to mess with tape or sticky tack.)
Other ways to use an alphabet word wall
Besides the obvious use of introducing the alphabet to your students here are some more suggestions on how to use a word wall in the preschool and kindergarten classroom.
Seasons and Themes
Add words throughout the year to go along with the current theme or season. Adding new words regularly keeps the wall interesting.
Create cards with the names of your students and have them place their card under the correct letter.
Focus on Categories
Use only the cards that display food items or animals to introduce categories to your preschoolers and kindergarteners. Learn fun foods like “ugli fruit” and “ximenia”. Or expand common words like “onion” with an identifying word like a “Vidalia onion”.
Build Silly Sentences
Allow three children to choose a random word from the wall and then build a silly sentence using those words to build story writing skills.
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Materials needed for the Alphabet Word Wall:
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- Laminating Pouches (optional)
- Laminator (optional)
- Sticky tack or Stikki Clips
I, personally, love using Stikki Clips to hang things on our walls because I can swap papers out easily or move them around the room without having to worry about sticky stack staying on the wall or sticking to the paper.
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