Our kindergarten class has been learning their ABCs this year. After they learned the last letter, Mrs.Lichter, our kindergarten teacher, decided to put on an alphabet fashion show. To begin with, each kindergartener was given three letters to make vests for; they ended up only wearing one of these. On their vests, there were either pictures of items that started with the letter or a word starting with the letter they were given. Finally, all of the kids got a turn walking down the runway strutting their stuff. We even had some kids from first, second, and preschool help out. You’re never too old for a fashion show! Learning the alphabet as a young child is important because you learn how to read by putting letters together to create words. Mrs. Lichter told the school news, “We use a Letter Factory song. We have hand motions and symbols for each letter. For example, A, ah, B, bbb, C, ccc. We practice writing each letter by using Writing Without Tears.” Yaakov, one of our kindergarteners, told the school news team, “Turtle, turkey, ten, tea, top, toilet, two, tap, tippy-toes, and tie are all words that start with the letter T.” In addition to learning the alphabet, the kids learned how to have confidence in front of a group of people by walking down the runway. Coming from my experience in performing, it is not always easy to perform in front of a group, especially when you are young. When the kids walked down the runway they had to be brave and learn to believe in themselves. Ask your child what they discovered from learning the alphabet and from being in the fashion show, you might be surprised. *Thank you Jennifer Jacobs for volunteering to cut out the vests.