H-O-O-T Manipulatives

As early childhood education gains more attention on the national level, more attention is being paid to early literacy.

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Early childhood professionals have long recognized the importance of language and literacy in preparing children to succeed in school.

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Early literacy plays a key role in enabling the kind of early learning experiences that research shows are linked with academic achievement, reduced grade retention, higher graduation rates and enhanced productivity in adult life.

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In our classroom, we are constantly being exposed to letters.

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With a variety of play experiences, we gain an understanding of letters and their functions, and have fun while doing so!

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For this activity, we used manipulatives to spell the word HOOT.

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Using letters printed on cardstock, students matched the letters to identical letters printed on a mat.

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We discussed the sound each letter made, and then combined the sounds to create a word!

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