Elizabeth - posted on 04/03/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )
J is for James going round the bend
With Tidmouth Sheds at the top end.
I was just inspired to compose 26 rhymes for children learning to write upper-case letters. All include visual and kinesthetic cues, some are Thomas-themed.
I'm reading a phonics resource book right now: Phonics From A to Z: A Practical Guide, by Wiley Blevins. According to the research, in order to become good readers, children need to over-learn the alphabet, to the point where letter recognition is completely automatic.
Writing the letters helps tremendously. Using rhymes that talk your child through the letter shape helps writing, and associating the letter with a picture is also very effective.
I put the full list in a blog post to make it easily shareable. Here you go: