Jackson Fish Market & Free Printable ABC Cards

Happy Friday!

Now, get ready.

This post is long but that’s because it’s chock full of links, references, & other goodies freebies.

Before I get into the printable & download, I wanted to give a shout-out to an awesome website/digital publisher I discovered through some research I’m doing on publishing children’s books.  I have a manuscript in the works but I am debating whether to go the “traditional publishing” route or to self-publish in an e-book format.  There are pros and cons to both avenues which I won’t get into now but I just wanted to write about what I’ve been up to lately.

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It all started with “O”

Over the last few weeks, my two-year old has taken an interest in letters.  I can’t quite pinpoint when, but all of a sudden he started noticing the letter O in various settings — in books, on cereal boxes, on the museum signs at the Immigration Station on Angel Island — the “Ellis Island of the West” — in the San Francisco Bay).

Since then, he’s been excited about other letters, especially “T,” the first letter in his name.  This awareness of sounds (aka phonemic awareness) excites me as a mother and teacher, as it’s the first step in reading!  We’ve been playing games by associating the letters with objects and people that are familiar.  For example, some favorites are “d” for “Daddy,” “k” for “Kathryn,” a family friend, and “l” for “Lily” (our dog).

As a mom and teacher, I am thrilled to watch his literacy journey unfold.

Project, cont…

So far, I’ve gathered a small collection of “rhyming books,” mostly by Dr. Seuss. Our school library has baskets dedicated to popular authors and subjects so young readers can easily locate a book and see other books by that same author or on the same topic. Some popular children’s authors here are of course Dr. Seuss, Patricia Polacco, Marc Brown, Eric Carle, and Cynthia Rylant.

Another place I’ve been frequenting is our library’s monthly book sale. Armed with a mental list of authors and titles, I brave the crowds and have unearthed treasures for both my Bug and my classroom collection. (There are literally boxes upon boxes of children’s books to search among shelves filled with other types of books). The bonus is that as a teacher I get a discount so it’s not uncommon to find classic books for one Roosevelt and three Lincolns.

Besides gathering quality book resources, the project entails creating manipulatives for the children to create their rhymes. I started by choosing word families. Right now, we are mostly working on CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words, such as cat.

I wrote the endings on small pieces of tagboard and then laminated them. On smaller pieces of tagboard, I simply wrote letters.

Then, after cutting them out, I sorted them (6 of each ending) into little baggies that I found in our storage room, aka my office. One larger bag holds the cut and laminated letters.

We have read The Cat and the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham, and I think we will use Hop on Pop as a springboard for students to create words which will become Silly Sentences.