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Jacobs Academy uses the Letter People Curriculum.

The Letter People Curriculum is a comprehensive program organized around themes that integrate knowledge across various subject areas.

handpuppetsThe program focuses on promoting phonological awareness and building alphabetic skill-letter recognition. The program begins with language as an oral experience.  There is a natural sequence in which speech sounds are typically acquired.  The sequence in which The Letter People are introduced follows a this path of learning.  Each child engages in exploratory play to make his or her own unique sense of what is being experienced.

Children are encouraged to talk and to listen, to tell about their experiences and ideas, to play with words, to experiment with rhymes and alliteration, to hear and repeat stories and songs and poems, including nursery rhymes.

The kids love the letter people and some think that they are real! We incorporate arts and crafts project with some of the letters. Here are some ideas:

Mr. M- write “I like to munch on______” use a paper plate and kids paste food pictures from newspaper/magazines that they like to eat.
Ms. V- make a vest out of a brown paper bag and decorate
Ms. P- make pizza
Mr. Z- create a zoo on paper/with blocks
Ms. R- create rainbow on paper plate cut in half, cotton for clouds
Ms. U- kids color pre-made umbrella (and write u words on handle)
Ms. T- Decorate toothbrush
Mr. B- pattern with buttons
And so on…….

The children also learn tons of vocabulary words that match the letters.
They are also learning the basics skills on a daily basis, like, writing their names, recognizing and writing letters and numbers, recognizing and writing the days of the week, the months of the year, and sight words.

All of this is geared toward the development of phonological and phonemic awareness.

Each Letter Person wears an uppercase letter on the front and a lowercase letter on the back to support letter identification. Each has a distinguishing characteristic that is readily associated with the sound represented by that letter. And each sings a song that memorably reinforces that association.