Today was day two of Jenna watching “Rusty and Rosy’s Letter Sounds Songs”, which is all lowercase letters. She got halfway through it before she began jumping up and down on the couch and generally fooling around. But…she wouldn’t let me turn the program off. As a teacher, this didn’t bother me, because I know that kids often pay better attention when they are moving around. They’ve even done studies to prove this. So we went ahead and watched the whole thing.
A big misconception about teaching children to read is that you need to start with capital letters first. Yes, we did this for a few weeks with “Rusty and Rosy’s ABCs and Such”, but that was probably enough. When it comes to learning to read, lowercase letters are the most important. Think about it. When was the last book you read that was in all caps?
This is actually is one of my big beefs with “Sesame Street”. The letter of the day is always in capital letters, which is ridiculous. When “Super Why” first started out on PBS the first season featured capital letters too, but now I believe it is lowercase. (I Haven’t seen it in a while to verify that.)
So don’t sweat the capital letters too much. Jenna knows about half of them now, but it’s time to move on to the main event.