Alphabet Letter Exchange Link-Up

I've been neglecting my little blog for a while. I'm so sorry. My class has been difficult and needed a lot of, shall we say, redirecting. I was sick for a while too which didn't help. And the sub that filled in for me... oh, my! From the stories I heard from the kids, one boy had my big bean bags (meant for Read to Self, not this purpose) piled on him and other students were jumping on him. I won't bother you with all the details, but suffice it to say the room was not pretty when I returned (from only 1day!). Even the little tabs that are on the front of each drawer in my cabinet to label what's in the drawer were gone. Why the kids would have taken those I have no idea. Things are better now and were back on track. And I'm making cute labels for my file cabinet drawers instead of the hand written ones I slid in there years ago.

I thought I'd post about the Alphabet Letter Exchange that started in September. 104 teachers from the US and Canada participated. Teachers were assigned a group and a letter to decorate and mail out to that group. Letters started being mailed in early September and continued into October as we all got back to school. I got so much feedback from teachers and their classes about how much fun everyone had. I'm so glad you all enjoyed it so much. Hope you'll be back next year! Look for the first post sometime in July to sign up. 
This is what my alphabet looks like today:
I know some group are missing a few letters. As you can see, I am too. My suggestion would be to maybe choose a few students who could decorate those missing letters at home if you want a finished alphabet. Unfortunately I think some teachers just get so busy they don't end up being able to make their letters. So I think that's how I'll finish mine off.
I was part of Group 1 and let me thank you for the incredibly creative letters! My students were so excited to see me coming with a manilla envelope in my hand. I really enjoyed reading the letters you sent about the areas you live in and your schools. They were so fun to share with my class!

A quick thanks to Brooke Perry who started this last year and was kind enough to let me run with it this year since she wasn't hosting it again. Please pop over and check out here fabulous blog if you have the chance!

Also, you'd like to link up and share photos of your Alphabet Exchange display, please do. I'll leave the link-up open until Nov. 15. Thanks so much to all who participated. I look forward to next year!


  1. How stinkin' cute is that?!?! Adorable! Great idea to have some interested students finish the missing letters. You might have a bunch of kiddos who want to do that!

    Have a great week!!

    Second Grade Sparkle

    1. Thanks, Kate. Hope you have a great week too.

  2. Your alphabet letter exchange is darling- what a fun thing to do!

    Granny Goes to School

  3. What a fabulous idea! Thank you for the inspiration. Random blog-hops led me to your blog and I'm your newest follower. Stop by sometime!


  4. Your Alphabet Exchange is awesome! What a great idea.
    I am just out blog-hopping and your blog is so cute, I had to stop by and say hi!

    Keep posting those great ideas!

    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  5. Thanks for organizing this activity! My class had soooo much fun getting the letters and finding the different states on the map! They squealed in delight (literally) every time they saw an envelope!

  6. Thank you so much for organizing this fun, fun, fun, activity! My class loved seeing those big yellow envelopes sitting on the table when they came into class in the morning:-) I love the idea of having the class finish the letters that are missing! I'll assign those this week:-)

  7. Thanks for putting this together! We really enjoyed it! I'm linking up in the morning.


  8. Aw, I'm sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well. It's exhausting having a tough class. I feel for you!
    Your alphabet exchange looks wonderful -- I think I'll join up next year ;)

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  9. I missed the link-up! Here is a link you can go to and see our display. We had so much fun! Thank you so much Chrissy for setting everything up. I know it was a lot of work!
    Beth Ann


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