Meet the Lower Case Letters
About this Book
Amusing rhymes and illustrations provide a simple visual and auditory method for letter mastery as children unlock the mystery of the letters’ shapes.
By giving life to each letter based on its shape, the rhymes playfully teach the letter components with the creative construction of verses that depict how the letters spend their time…, when they’re not busy doing their main job of making words!
Rhymes play an integral part in helping children develop critical thinking and memory skills, oral language, phonetic awareness, sound discrimination, and increased vocabulary, all of which are important building blocks of literacy.
The visual and auditory pictures created by the rhymes provide instruction on not only letter shape and sound but also the correct handwriting strokes required to form each letter, including forward, backward, downward, right, and left direction. For example:
• Letter a “acts like an acrobat aiming to ace her back somersault, with beauty and grace. a – acrobat” A child can thus visualize the backward circular handwriting stroke and downward stroke that are required to form letter a, as if she were doing her back somersault.
a acts like an acrobat aiming to ace
her back somersault with beauty and grace.
a – acrobat
• Letter r “likes to pretend he’s a rabbit or hare. He jumps down, then hops right, but stops in mid air. r – rabbit” A child can thus recall the required downward, upward, and forward handwriting strokes to properly form letter r.
r likes to pretend he’s a rabbit or hare.
He jumps down, then hops right, but stops in mid air.
r – rabbit
You’ll also notice that the capital letters are hidden in the illustration portions of each lower case letter page, providing a little “I Spy” fun. As you re-read the book, help your child recall the capital letters and note the similarities or differences between the two.
For lower case letters that look similar to or the same as their corresponding capital letters, the lower case letter rhymes relate back to the capital letter rhyme in order to make that connection. For example:
• “b bites big burgers just like his dad, but he’s 1 belly fat ‘cause he eats just a tad. b – belly” (Capital letter B is similar.)
b bites big burgers just like his dad,
But he’s one belly fat ’cause he eats just a tad.
b – burgers
• “s stands like a snake, the same as her mother. Right now she’s in trouble for biting her brother. s – stands” (Capital letter S is the same.)
s stands like a snake, the same as her mother.
Right now she’s in trouble for biting her brother.
s – stands
Lastly, you’ll notice that the rhymes for the vowels (a, e, i, o, u) contain words with both the short and long vowel sounds. This presents an opportunity to discuss this fact, when your child is ready, along with the vowels’ special importance in that at least one vowel is required to make a word.
Recite the rhymes early on in play and while engaged in games and other fun activities. Children learn best through playful experiences, all of which serve as a springboard for literacy.
Once your child is ready for more focused instruction, use the rhymes as a tool to teach reading and writing skills.