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Submitted by Admin (11-10-2012)
I write the alphabet and rhymes on cheap paper plates. One letter or rhyme to each plate and hot glue a fridge magnet onto the back. I save the magnets that you often get with advertising on them. The plates can be used the same as flashcards or used on a magnetic blackboard to make word families, sequencing or letter recognition,for spelling or sight words,teaching the difference between words and letters and sentence construction.
They save a lot of time, especially in Kindergarten as the children do not have to write but only manipulate the plates. Because of their size they can be seen from a distance. You can use large dinner plates or small side plate sizes, depending on the age and dexterity of the children.
Because the plates are fairly robust, children can use them for independent activities and if the plates are damaged they are very cheaply replaced. My Kinders love using them to play 'teacher.'