Two days ago I decided that my next post was going to be on sorting letters of the alphabet because every time I teach letters I make my own sorting mats. This is a great skill for children to practice, not only because it is a grade level expectation for children, but because it is a skill that teaches children how to organize data and focus on grouping based on similarities and differences. When children can do this with letters of the alphabet it gives them a stronger memory recall for the letter formation and the aspects that make up a letter.
Usually the mats I make have three columns and usually look something like this: Alphabet Sorting mat.
Other ways to sort include 1) upper and lower case, 2) tall letters, short letters, and letters “with a tail.” 3) letters in my name vs letters not in my name, etc.
Casey must have read my mind because she shared with me this AWESOME idea from a cool blog.
You can make your own game pieces the way she did, you can use magnetic letters, or other loose alphabet pieces you have around the house, or you can cheat all together and buy the following game from lakeshore: