Early 3 R's: How to Lead Beginners into Reading, Writing, and Arithme-Talk

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Start a Word Wall of Pupils' Names in Alphabetical Order
Overview
These are the topics you will meet in this chapter:
∙ From Many Wordbanks to One Word Wall
∙ The Alphabet Song for Sequence of Letters
∙ A Word Wall Day for Each Child
∙ Size and Backing for Your Word Wall

FROM MANY WORDBANKS TO ONE WORD WALL

A word wall is a display area for groups of words that the class wants to read and write. Only after the whole class has talked about a word, read it, and written it can it be placed on the word wall.

The first names of the children in your class are the first group of words that you want to post in alphabetical order on your word wall, one name per day. Because every young child wants to "go first," the alphabet serves as a good way of establishing order without hurting feelings. Also, your word wall helps with the teaching of alphabetical order.

Even if you have two children in your class whose names start with the same letter (Patrick and Pedro), the word wall rule is still one name per day. A child's word wall day should be special. It's the day that every classmate sings about the

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