Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Crayons and Curls and Stanford's Product Swap!

Cheryl Ener I Can Read the Alphabet Book Product Review by Innovative Connections
Stop by Mrs. Stanford's Blog to see more about this!!
The MAGICAL swap is here!
Hey, everyone!
I've joined in Mrs. Stanford's "Product Swap" and have the opportunity of telling you a little about Cheryl, Crayons and Curls - My Life as a Kindergarten Teacher, and one of her cute, resourceful teaching resources. It is called "I Can Read the Alphabet"and is the perfect introductory pack to letters, designed for Pre-K and Kindergarten! It also makes for a spectacular review for first grade! You can get this resource in Cheryl's TpT Store! Check it out when you click on the cover image!
Cheryl Ener of Crayons and Curls Kindergarten Blog tpt store
Crayons and Curls' "I Can Read the Alphabet"
Cheryl created this learning tool to use at the beginning of the year, and it works really well in literacy centers! It consists of 6 student printables to use as assessment worksheets and a mini-book of the letters of the alphabet!
Those participating in the product swap actually walked through a particular product, one step at a time, and below you'll see the different stages of Cheryl's super cute teaching tool!
I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed taking a deep look at another teacher-author's work---and it took me back to when I taught Kindergarten as well! "A Little Kindergarten Friend" and I worked through this activity together! :) 
So, here we go! First of all, I printed her alphabet book pack, and you'll see that the mini-book contains two of each page on a letter-sized sheet of printer paper! That's convenient! Print once and you have two alphabet books ready to go!
Cover/Closing Pages of Mini-Book Before Cutting
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Letters and Illustrations (2 of each on a page!)

The next step was to cut the pages for the mini-book in half, and putting the true Kinder Artist to work coloring the cover page, each letter page, and ending pages of the book!
Crayons and Curls and Stanford's Product Swap!
Cut pages in have 2 mini-books!
build vocabulary
Color each letter and illustration.
Students read each sentence under picture.
If you noticed in the mini-book, students are exposed to a wide array of words that build on their vocabulary! Your kiddos will be exposed to, if they aren't already familiar with, lots of words, as the words are used in a sentence underneath each letter and illustration in the alphabet book, in preparation for the assessment sheets!
After the book was put together, it was time to complete the activity pages/assessment worksheets that accompany the book. There are six worksheets. Students match a the picture on the left side of the page to the correct letter on the right side of the page. For example: an apple would connect to the letter "A" and so on. The sheets break the alphabet into sets of letters, so you will not overwhelm your kiddos! That's important too!
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Assessment Worksheets (six total)--Students do color the pictures here as well!
And, more coloring....yay! Students get to color each picture on the worksheets!
To complete the mini-book, I punched holes on the left side and used ribbon to bind the pages. You can easily/quickly just staple the sheets together. This was just what I decided to do! You can see the front and last page of the book below.
Cover Page of Mini-Book
last page
Last Page of Mini-Book

Be sure to swing by her blog at Crayons & Curls to let her know you found out about her cool alphabet teaching resource while visiting Innovative Connections! AND, she has a product review post on her blog featuring one of my grammar resources for reviewing/practicing the parts of speech and combining sentence parts to create sentences, which is great for multiple grade levels!
Please leave a comment below to let us know you stopped by and tell us what you think or how you'd incorporate this resourceful item in your classroom! 
Besides the links to her TpT Store and teaching blog, you can connect with Cheryl via Facebook and Pinterest:
I hope you enjoyed the product swap post today! You can see more of these by visiting Mrs. Stanford's Class Blog!

P.S. If you have not heard, The 3am Teacher is an Awesome Artist and, in fact, she created our awesome magical swap button at the top!
Thanks for swinging by to read today's post! Don't forget to leave your thoughts below! 
A. Smith


  1. Awesome post and products!!!

    ✏ Mrs. Stanford's Class ✏
    ❤ I hope you liked the swap enough to join for the next one!! Check out my post for the link to the form :)

    1. I already joined up for the next! Thanks so much for doing these! So much fun!

  2. This looks great! I am adding it to my cart! Thanks for the review!
    Jen's Kinder Kids

    1. Thanks for stopping by and reading!!

  3. Ann - This is an amazing post! Thank you so much for partnering up with me!
    Blessings and Hugs!
    Crayons and Curls

    1. :) I very much enjoyed it!!! Have a great Friday and weekend!

  4. You did such a great job reviewing this product - it's so cute! I bet little Kinder kiddos love it so much! I found your blog through Crayons & Curls - and I'm your newest follower!

    Second Grade Sparkle

    1. Awesome! Thank you very much, Kate!


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