Shapes and Sizes

Big A, Little a.

Why is this important?

In learning to read, children must learn to tell the visual differences among similar letters (like p, b, and d) before relating sounds to letters and reading words.

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Beginner 

During story time, ask questions about the size and shapes of what you see in the pictures.

Tip: “Who is the tall person?” and “Which is the small circle?”

 

Intermediate

Point out the shapes and sizes of lines used to make letters.

Tip: Talk about short letters (like a, c, and e), tall letters (like b, d, and f), and hanging letters (like q, p, and g).

 

Experienced 

Play Sort similar letters into groups based on their shape and size.

Tip: Try using letter blocks or homemade flashcards. Group tall letters (like b, d, f, and h.), short letters (like a, c, e, and i), and hanging letters (like q, p, g, and y).