How would you like to give the beginning of the year a major boost?! How would you like to get your students reading faster?! Then you need a fun, engaging way to introduce and have your students master all 26 letters and sounds to your students quickly and effectively. What if I told you that we have a way for you to cover all 26 in only the first 26 days of school? Well, we do!!! It’s one of the components of our year-long math & literacy program called TKS Bootcamp. The component you are looking for is called ABC Bootcamp! Teachers across the country and around the world are raving about the success of ABC Bootcamp in their classrooms. We could talk about all 9 components of TKS Bootcamp but for now, we want to focus on just the ABC component which is the first component of our phonics curriculum.
Intrigued yet?! I am positive you are, which means you have questions! We hope this blog post can help answer many of them. Ready to get started? Remember TKS Bootcamp is the year-long curriculum but in this post we are focusing only on the ABC component. If you want to learn more about the entire program, visit our new website at www.tksbootcamp.com.
What Is ABC Bootcamp?
Why ABC Bootcamp?
The TKS Bootcamp curriculum is built on the research of The Law Of 10-20 For Memory Sets. This research says that the optimal time to learn a set is 10-20% of the time you want to remember that set. The school year is 180 days. 10%-20% of 180 is 18-37 days. 26 days falls in the middle of this range. Therefore ABC Bootcamp and the TKS Bootcamp curriculum is the optimal time to learn letters and sounds. This research carries throughout the entire Bootcamp curriculum.
And yes, ABC BOOTCAMP is aligned to the science of reading. And it has always been built on this body of research. From day 1, ABC BOOTCAMP was built on the principles of the science of reading because that is how I was taught to teach reading!
Does It Work?
How Does ABC Bootcamp Work?
Drawing The Pictures
Circle Charts In Action:
Handwriting: Explicit Instruction And Independent Practice
Handwriting Modeling Video from 2018:
Here is a Hat Modeling Video from 2018:
The First Week
One thing we hear the most about ABC BOOTCAMP is how much time we spend on Bootcamp, especially during the first week or two. Here’s the truth: the first week or two takes time. Students aren’t really working independently at all so everything is being modeled step by step and being done whole group. It’s OK! The explicit instruction is a MUST! Don’t let the time factor scare you. We’re also using this time to work on fine motor skills, listening, following directions, and routines and procedures. And it’s the beginning of the year so we have the time to invest in laying a solid foundation. During the first week or two, ABC BOOTCAMP takes about 40-60 minutes. The hats are the most time-consuming piece AT FIRST! Keep reading….and see how we are able to speed up this process!
Assembling The Hats
ABC Bootcamp Dog Tags
Students also receive a dog tag each day. The dog tag contains the letter that we learned. When students come to me to get their hat stapled, the identify the sound and letter and receive a dog tag.
The dog tag is placed on a necklace with their other letter dog tags and hangs in their cubby. At the end of our 26 day ABC BOOTCAMP, they proudly wear their dog tags home!
ABC BOOTCAMP: Small Groups
One of the biggest keys to students’ success as readers is confidence. Decodable readers help boost the confidence of our readers. And if a child feels like a reader, they will be better readers. Using decodable readers allows students to apply and practice the phonics skills we’ve taught in whole group lessons during our BOOTCAMP phonics time. Decodable readers are a key part of the systematic, explicit phonics instruction that helps our students succeed as readers and writers!
We use the alphabet books in ABC BOOTCAMP to practice and review the sound and letters in context! Learning letters and sounds must happen in context (which is why we use circle charts with words!). I pull small groups and we use the alphabet readers to practice the sound and letter in books!
How To Use The Alphabet Books
I pull a group to my table. First, I ask them to find the front cover of the book. Then they identify the sound and letter on the front cover. I might also ask them if they know any words for the sound. Then we read each page. After reading the book we identify the pictures and sound. We then do another reading where students read on their own with my assistance as needed. We’re also working on vocabulary with the books.
With ABC Bootcamp you will get 26 alphabet books in the download. These books are differentiated with 2 levels. For each letter, there is a one-word book which is great for building vocabulary and confidence in readers. There is also a predictable pattern book with a simple sight word sentence to build fluency and confidence. Each book is available in color and black-line, so you can choose to save on ink!
Alphabet Books In Action:
Letter Sound Hunt
Student Circle Chart Books
I get asked if this is the only time we will learn the letter and sound….NO! We review every letter and sound every day during our morning literacy routine! And we work with letters and sounds in small groups and centers using the centers included with BOOTCAMP!
ABC Bootcamp Fashion Show
How To Cut Out The Vests:
Fashion Show from 2018:
Our ABC Bootcamp download contains everything you need for complete science of reading aligned phonics instruction with your class. It is 100% flexible and adapts to fit any scope and sequence and/or curriculum! ABC Bootcamp is only one component of our year-long math and literacy curriculum called, TKS BOOTCAMP!
The TKS Bootcamp Curriculum can be purchased as a Bundle that contains all 9 math & literacy components at a 25% discount, or you can purchase only the components you wish to use. Each component and/or bundle is available in 5 different themes: Army, Monsters, Safari, Superhero, or No Theme!
Available in 5 themes:
For more research into ABC BOOTCAMP, check out this blog post!
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