HOW TO CLEVERLY TEACH CHILDREN UPPER CASE LETTERS

Make learning uppercase letters easier for young children at school by using these printable cards with visual supports.

Over the years spent teaching in school, I've seen many children struggle with recognising upper case or capital letters. 

This is not unusual and is quite common in Early Childhood as we do (and should) focus on introducing lower case letters and the sounds they make when first teaching young children phonics.

Upper case letters also need to be taught. Learning to recognise capital letters is difficult for a lot of children but we've found a clever way to help children connect their existing letter knowledge to this new concept.

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Matching Uppercase And Lowercase Letters - these clever printable cards offer young children useful support when first learning uppercase letters | you clever monkey
First, we start with a print-rich classroom.

We have alphabet charts displayed in our classroom. 
The children each have desk mats to look at on each table. 
We've looked at upper case or capital letters in our handwriting lessons too.

But allowing children to practice and make the connection between upper and lower case letters with objects they can move and manipulate certainly helps. Literacy centres are a useful way to incorporate some hands-on practice of the many varied skills young children need to be able to read and write effectively. 

Activities that build recognition between upper and lower case letters are often included in our literacy centre rotations.

These Duplo blocks have proved to be useful many different ways and are perfect for matching upper and lower case letters. 

Matching Uppercase And Lowercase Letters - these clever printable cards offer young children useful support when first learning uppercase letters | you clever monkey

This letter matching activity is one that can easily scaffolded to suit different learners. 

Match lower case to lower case or upper case to upper case before switching it up to match lower case to upper case.

Matching Uppercase And Lowercase Letters - these clever printable cards offer young children useful support when first learning uppercase letters | you clever monkey

We love these cards from Playdough to Plato as they provide great revision of upper and lower case letters as do the activities mentioned above but for many of my students, they needed a step in between.

Keeping this in mind, I've created these alphabet matching cards with real life photos as visual support for my young students. 

Matching Uppercase And Lowercase Letters - these clever printable cards offer young children useful support when first learning uppercase letters | you clever monkey


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They've been a perfect way to connect the letter/sound knowledge they already had to the letter formation - sort of working forwards then backwards.
Asking some of the children in class, most said they looked at the picture then found the lower case letter choosing from the three choices before looking again at the capital letter.

Of course, some capital letters look much like the lower case letter but these cards have proved to be a useful stepping stone for those other letters my class were struggling with.
After introducing the capital letters with our cards, I've also created these letter strips with use the lower case letter as the start. 

Still including a real life photo as visual support, these capital letter match strips ask children to differentiate between four letters to choose the correct match making them slightly more difficult than our upper and lower case match cards.

Matching Uppercase And Lowercase Letters - these clever printable cards offer young children useful support when first learning uppercase letters | you clever monkey



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Matching Uppercase And Lowercase Letters - these clever printable cards offer young children useful support when first learning uppercase letters | you clever monkey