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Cindy A. Johnson has lived in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee since 2006. She loves to read and write, work in her flower and vegetable gardens, feed and watch the birds in the yard, sit on the front porch looking at the mountains and go camping with her husband and teenage son. She also enjoys watching wildlife and playing with her three cats and Australian Shepherd.
Cindy has been writing off and on for more than twenty years. She has had numerous articles published in print magazines and online. Alphamania: An Alphabet Resource for Teachers and Parents is her first book and was inspired by many years of teaching elementary school students.
on April 03, 2012 :
After reading Alphamania I would recommend this ebook for every person introducing letters to little learners. This book was easy to use and had many different ideas in many different categories. Your week is sure to be full if you use the ideas from Cindy Johnson's ebook.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Feb. 05, 2012 :
For those you of you who implement a letter a week into your Reading curriculum, you'll definitely want to take a look at Cindy Johnson's ebook, Alphamania: An Alphabet Resource for Teachers and Parents. It is full of ideas that go along with each letter of the alphabet. The ebook format is simple, easy to read and well organized.
You will find activities for crafts, snacks, movies, books, geographic locations and songs that correspond with each letter of the alphabet.
Categories for each letter include:
Special Guests and/or Road Trips
What to Watch
What to Read
Where on Earth?
My favorites for Kindergarten were Letter Stretchers, Where on Earth?, Creature Features and Musical Notes. I love the idea of extending the curriculum beyond the regular letter of the week activities from year's past. The great thing is, you don't have to go out and purchase a lot of materials to make these lessons come alive. The majority of the ideas are very simple and easy to implement right away.
In my classroom, students have really enjoyed reading non-fiction texts to study different animals. The Creature Features section of each chapter includes a list of animals for each letter. The Where on Earth? portion is great for using a globe, map or a SMART Board or projector to find different geographic locations on Earth and expose students to new cultures around the world.
This ebook would be a valuable resource for parents and educators who teach a letter a week or those who need additional activities to reinforce what you are already doing. I would definitely recommend this ebook to others.
(reviewed the day of purchase)