Place a mini-nursery rhyme book or a small toy/object/picture that represents the rhyme beginning with that letter into the corresponding letter pocket. Discuss sounds/words that start with the corresponding letters on the ABC apron and introduce by singing the Alphabet Song. Each child takes a turn to choose a letter. Pull out the object that represents the rhyme beginning with the letter the child has chosen. Continue until all the pockets are empty. For letters that are difficult to determine a rhyme, use a rhyme that has a high frequency count for the sound (X - Sing a Song of Sixpence and Z - Sneezing). Extended activities can include paper bag puppets, sequence story frames, snacks, mini science experiments, gross motor activities, hidden picture sheets, plays, flannel board story cutouts and more...
A List of Rhymes that can be used:
The Real Mother Goose, Rand McNally & Co.
Let Loose on Mother Goose, Book Activities to Teach Math, Science, Art, Music, Life Skills and Language Development, by Terry Graham
Nursery Rhymes, Reproducible Stand-ups, by Carole Charters, Judy/Instructo
My Favorite Nursery Rhymes - 8 Adorable Little Books, The Five Mile Press Pty, Ltd.
MacMillan Seasonal Activity Packs
This wonderful early literacy and language idea was submitted by Marjorie Martinez.