When children have mastered letter recognition, they can identify letters in various contexts, both individually and within words. They can not only recite the alphabet, they can recognize and name letters based on their physical appearance.
To help children learn the letter “k,” have it displayed on the wall or bulletin board. You may also wish to provide children with their own, individual alphabet charts that they can refer to at their table or desk. Immerse children in activities where they are working with letters. They can find all the letter “k’s” in a group of magnetic letters or letter tiles. They can go on a letter hunt. They can also create the letter “k” using playdough.
Learning to print letters accurately, using the correct starting point and motions, will assist children with their speed and legibility. With practice, printing becomes automatic, allowing children to focus their energy on the content of the message they are writing.
To teach children how to print the letter “k,” introduce them to a verbal pathway that will help cue the motions they need to make with their pencil. For the lowercase “k,” use the phrase, “Pull down, pull in, pull out.” For the uppercase “K,” use the phrase, “Pull down, slant in, slant out.” Use the phrase as you slowly and deliberately model how to print the letters. Provide children with opportunities to trace the letters before moving on to printing them independently.
In addition to traditional pencil and paper tasks, children can practice their printing using tools such as whiteboards, chalkboards, fingerpaints, and sand or salt trays. They can even practice the correct motions using a juggling scarf in the air.
To teach children the sound the letter “k” makes, have them associate it with words that begin with “k.” For example, children can relate familiar items such as kites, keys, and kings to the letter “k.” Have them fill a block letter “k” with pictures of the objects. They can then refer to their block letter when they are trying to recall the sound the “k” makes. A similar strategy can be used with the creation of alphabet books. Each time a new letter is introduced, children complete the appropriate page in their book. The page contains the uppercase and lowercase letters as well as pictures or drawings of words that begin with the letter’s sound.
For more practice, children can complete matching activities where they match the letter “k” to words it begins with. They can also complete coloring activities where they color only the pictures that begin with “k.” (e.g., Color the kangaroo. Do not color the dog.)