How long do you spend on teaching letters and sounds whole group in first grade? All of my kids (except maybe for two) have come from a full day kindergarten. I don't know my kids well enough yet to judge how much they know, as school just started on Monday. During guided writing activities last week I did noticed that all of them have a pretty good concept of letter sounds. A handful of them though are having difficulty stretching out words and writing the sounds they hear, and the concept of putting the sounds together to make words. We have a phonics program which spends 2-3 weeks introducing two or three letters at a time. But in a week, we start our spelling program with starts out with spelling patterns (at/an word families). I plan on doing an alphabet chant every morning, until the kids don't need it anymore. But do you think I should spend two-three weeks introducing letters only two at a time? What do you do in your classroom?