Having a Consistent Routine For Academic Learning

In the beginning of the year it is so important to have routines for EVERYTHING! As teachers we often remember to teach our students how to form a line, walk in the halls, turn in papers, etc. However, we often forget how important it is to have a consistent routine for academic learning as well.

Here are 3 different routines I’ve used to help lay a firm reading and writing foundation.

1. Teach Phonological Awareness everyday in as little as 5 to 10 minutes

Once your students are gathered at the carpet use a few pictures to do the following:

  • Clap out the number of syllables in the word
  • Find words that rhyme
  • Say the beginning, middle and ending sound in the word

In this bundle you will find pictures and activities to help you during your large group and small group time:

Phonological Awareness Bundle

If you want to read more about how I teach phonological awareness check out this blogpost:

Importance Of Phonological Awareness Routines

2. Daily Letter and Sound Practice

It’s important to practice letter and sound recognition daily. Predictability is the key. I use predictable seat work that allows students to practice a skill without new directions each time.

This packet allows for easy prep and directions:

Alphabet Seatwork

  • Cut, Match and Glue
  • Write the Word
  • Read and Draw
  • Write a Sentence and Draw a Picture

When you choose work that allows for consistent directions it frees students to learn new skills without learning new directions.

Another area in which it’s important to be consistent is Centers. I like to use the same format for my centers but change the skills. Here is an example of my alphabet centers for fall:

Click here to see an example of the centers I use for academic learning
Letter and Sound Centers
  • Color by Code
  • Spinner Game
  • Clip It
  • Thematic Card Game
  • Roll and Write
  • Sound Reveal

I also like to use predictable alphabet books because it helps students master their letters. Each book includes a letter, handwriting practice and a phonological awareness skill: Alphabet Books

These books are part of a larger alphabet intervention program that you can check out:

Alphabet Intervention Program

These Alphabet Mini Books have been great letter and sound recognition practice, fine motor and handwriting. They provide easy prep and directions.

3. Consistent Sight Word Practice

Daily sight word practice is vital for a strong phonics learner. Practice sight words while reading books, in writing and through posting them somewhere visible in your room. Model the use of sight words in your own writing and model where they can find the words in the room.

Here is a game that allows for practice and fun!

Spy Rescue

Click here to see the Sight word game for academic learning

Kids remember sight words very well with music! I wrote some sight word songs to some of the harder sight words to spell by sounding the words out.


It is important to have a consistent routine for academic learning when teaching phonics. Consistency with a structured format makes it easy for students to learn new skills and have fun.

Children learning together

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