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When this school year began, I was in for a major shock. Less than half of my students knew all their letters and even fewer knew all their sounds. Up until now, I have felt as though I have been doing my students a dis-service by not directly instructing in phonics, alphabet recognition, etc. SO, a switch went off in my brain and I decided regardless of what the school believed, I wanted these kids reading. Over the last couple of weeks, I have begun doing centers. I have three groups which are based on the results of the alphabet recognition check I did before Winter Break began. We meet daily and the kids love it. I couldn't tell you if those that weren't picking up on learning all the letters of the alphabet are starting to now but there's a joy in the classroom that had been absent for the past 7 months.