Friday, July 23, 2010

iLove Letters: Magnetic Letter Sorts

There are many ways for your child to sort magnetic letters:
  • Sort by color.
  • Sort by feature (curves, slants, sticks or short, tall letters)
  • Sort out one particular letter (ie. put several "e"s in with a group of letters. Have your child pull out all of the letters.)
  • Match uper- case and lower case letters
  • Open sort: Give the child a group of magnetic letters, ask the child to sort the letters into groups and explain the grouping.

Have your child work toward doing the sorts quickly. The quicker they can distinguish the visual features in letters, the more it will help them in text. Have them do the same sort several times. Say, "Can you do again? Do it faster." Generally they like this challenge.
Most of these ideas came from my notes from my Reading Recovery Training Year.)


  1. Reading is very important. Introduce books to infants and toddlers. Read to them at least 3 times a day. I posted a few great articles on reading and the importance of literacy in the home on our blog.
    Keep up the writing!
    ~Early Childcare Resources

  2. Love magnetic letters, too! Am kind of loving the bathtub letters... soft, pliable, and a bit of literacy 'fun' at bathtime!

  3. I was trained in Reading Recovery too. Your site is very helpful.

    I love magnetic letters too! You can find some posts from my blog with magnetic letter activities here.