ABC discover and explore in preschool

Throughout the school year, we take the time to highlight each letter of the alphabet.  I change up the approach I take throughout the year plus provide a variety of different activities that invite the children to explore and discover letters through hands-on play. Today, I thought I would share with you our Alphabet box we will use as part of our circletime introduction to each letter this year…

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I found the box in the craft section at Walmart and Miss Lauren added some paint to give it a more bright and colorful look…

ABC Discover and Explore by Teach Preschool

I have several ideas of how I hope to use the alphabet box but we will start off our school year by storing our small canvas alphabet bags that we have been putting together inside the box. Inside each canvas bag we will put objects that begin with sound of the letter painted on the outside of the bag…

ABC Discover and Explore by Teach Preschool

We have already started filling up the bags with a few items we find here and there. For example, in our Aa bag, we have an apple and an acorn…

ABC Discover and Explore by Teach Preschool

And in our Bb bag we have items that start with the sound of the letter Bb…

ABC Discover and Explore by Teach Preschool

Some of our bags have quite a few things in each one. Our goal was to have at least five items in each bag but some of our bags only have one item like our letter Cc bag. It has only one little car inside for now…

ABC Discover and Explore by Teach Preschool

The bags will be used for games throughout the school year and other ideas as I come up with them. In other words, everything I make for the classroom is fairly open ended in what it will be used for so we don’t go through all the trouble just for one day and one activity. We will also see what ideas our students come up with too…

ABC Discover and Explore by Teach Preschool

For now, we will begin our school year exploring our letter bags and alphabet box by inviting the children to pick a bag each day and then we will see what sounds the letter bag of the day has inside for us to explore and discover!  My chart has all the letters ready to go for the entire alphabet too so we can hunt down the letter to match our bag. And for those of you who are wondering, we won’t be going in order of the alphabet. Instead, each day will be a new letter surprise!

ABC Discover and Explore by Teach Preschool

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Wanda Johnson August 21, 2013 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    I love all your ideas, and I so appreciate the way you share your insights in child development and learning. You have been such an encouragement to me as I enter into my second year of teaching preschool. Where did you find the little canvas bags? Thank you again for sharing your experience with us!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 21, 2013 at 2:44 pm - Reply

      I purchased them from Amazon:) But now I can’t find the link!!

  2. Stephanie August 21, 2013 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    What an awesome idea, Deborah! We will be doing this for sure!

  3. Play School August 22, 2013 at 8:14 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing useful information… 🙂

  4. jessbmeteach August 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    What about a coin, candy, and cow in your “c” bag? Love the idea! I like that it’s a surprise each day.

    When you choose the letter in circle time do you follow up with a more formal introduction or exploration? Or is it just a small introduction with more study to follow?

  5. Belle August 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    Deborah where did you get the cute little bags.

  6. Karen @ August 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Open ended materials are always the best! Love the little letter bags. 🙂

  7. Sarah August 27, 2013 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    Holy Moly! Look at all those ideas! Going to get a cup of tea and enjoy! Thanks

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