How to Teach Literacy without LOTW

How to Teach Literacy without LOTW


Episode Summary

Raise your hand if you were (or are) a Letter of the Week Teacher ✋

I’m raising my hand because I once taught preschoolers using LOTW.

LOTW seems so logical. You teach one letter a week and by the end of the year - boom all the letters are covered. You know you covered all the letters - good to go right?

Well…. It turns out that what we know now from the research is that LOTW isn’t as effective as we wish it was. Stay tuned to find out why (and what we can do instead)!


Topics Discussed:

  • Why Letter of the Week isn't best
  • How to teach letters without Letter of the Week

Resources Mentioned:

  • Free Training: 3 Mistakes to Avoid to Rock Early Literacy in your Preschool Classroom (July 6 at 10am CST). Register Here. 

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