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 alphabet printable, the Kindergarten Word Wall Printable Alphabet for Kids, is a great tool for teaching the alphabet and beginning sounds using alphabet pictures and common words. It goes way beyond letter coloring pages without a ton of prep!
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Learning With an Alphabet Word Wall
FREE PRINTABLE ALPHABET 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.
What Can Kindergarteners Learn Using An ABC Printable Word Wall?
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. It takes the classroom alphabet line to the next level.
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.)
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.
- Point out sight words, or letters that don’t follow the rules.
Why Is It Important For Kids To Use a Word Wall?
A word wall provides a common reference point for students. Whether they are working on letter identification, sounds, or words, it is a helpful tool at the writing center.
How to Make the Kindergarten Alphabet Word Wall Printable
Print the word wall pages. Laminate as desired, then cut the cards and header cards out.
Place the cards on a bulletin board, use them at the literacy center, or create a class game for circle time. The possibilities are endless!
Seasons & Themes
Add words throughout the year to go along with the current theme or season. Adding new words regularly keeps the wall interesting and the alphabet learning going.
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”.
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.
Create cards with the names of your students and have them place their card under the correct letter. This will help them both spell their name and with letter recognition.
Use the alphabet worksheet headers to introduce children to alphabetical order and concepts such as ‘A comes before C’ and ‘Z is the last letter’. Seeing the letters in order helps to solidify this concept.
Choose a word that matches a book that you are going to read during circle time and have the children call out the word when they see it on the page as you read.
Materials needed for the Alphabet Word Wall:
- 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.