6th Annual Alphabet Letter Exchange Project

It's time again for the Alphabet Exchange Project. We're in our 6th year and it's been a lot of fun so far! Here are a couple of pictures from last year's exchange.

from Kara in Tennessee

Ashley sent me the 2nd picture. She's just started a blog called Spinning a Yarn in First Grade. Please stop by and show her some love!

Please check out these other pictures from previous years {here} and {here}.

This is a collaborative project for teachers from all over the US and Canada (for last year's map click here) and a fun way to introduce or review letters and sounds for our students. It was inspired by this book
which is one I love to read to my first graders at the start of the year! I'm sure you do to. If you are interested in participating in the project, please read the description below. Your class will be assigned a letter to decorate and mail to the other teachers in your group. Hopefully you'll end up with a completely unique alphabet at the end of the project. If you decide to participate after reading about the project, please fill out the form at the end of this post.

To all of you are joining the project again, thanks for your support and for allowing this project to continue! I am grateful.

Thanks for stopping by!

Here's how the project works:

1. Your class will be assigned a letter of the alphabet and put into a group with 25 other teachers. Each teacher would have their class decorate 26 of that letter. A template like the letter below will be provided. You'll print it on regular paper or card stock and have your class decorate it. Decorate it however you like, just have fun and get creative!
Some decorating tips: Decorate letters with something that starts with the sound of that letter. You can cut out the letter or leave it on the whole page- whatever works better for your letter design.
Mailing suggestions: Some teachers mail letters printed on card stock in manila envelopes. Some teachers have letters that can be folded and mailed in letter-size envelopes. It all depends on how your class decorates the letter and what you want to pay to mail.

2. You'll need to mail 25 of the letters to the members of your group and you'll keep one. Each teacher is responsible for their own postage charges. At the end of the project you should have a complete, unique, student-made alphabet!

3. You could also include a short letter about your class, school, and where you live. This is optional.

The project will run from about September 1st-30th to give everyone time to get back to school, decorate, and mail their letters.

I'd love to have you participate! Just a little favor, though, please sign up only if you really intend to follow through with the project. It is heartbreaking to kids and teachers alike to end up with an incomplete alphabet. If you do want to participate, just click below and fill out the form!


Just a couple more little things:
I'm planning to stop sign-ups before the end of August so I can get the group lists out to everyone. Also, I'll be in touch via email to give you any updates and send out the templates.

P.S. You can also sign up by clicking on the button at the right side of my blog.


  1. Can more than one class from a school sign up for the project?

    1. Sure! I'd probably put you in different groups, though, to try to keep the groups as geographically diverse as I can.

  2. So glad you are doing this again! My kiddos absolutely love it! :)


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