In the early years of my career we used to use a phonics program that included inflatable letter people. Whenever we would introduce a specific letter, we would put the inflatable character outside our classroom door and have another teacher knock on the door. The children loved this routine and looked forward to the time when it would be their turn to open the door and welcome a new letter person into the classroom.

I will never forget the day T... excitedly went to open the door when it was his turn. He flung  the door  open and yelled " Oh no! He's dying!" Sure enough, Horrible Harry had sprung a leak since my assistant had filled him with air less than fifteen minutes before.  In no time flat, he looked more like the wicked witch that melted in The Wizard of Oz.


  1. 67 Not Out (Mike Perry) // February 13, 2010 at 7:28 AM  

    Never heard of inflatable letters before - a fun idea. Interesting blog.

  2. He & Me + 3 // February 13, 2010 at 8:30 AM  

    That is too funny. When I was student teaching...we used the letter people. How fun, I miss seeing them.

  3. VKT // February 13, 2010 at 11:05 AM  

    Wow He and amp! That is great! You remember the letter people too.

    Mike, alas, the letter people have long ago been replaced by other phonics programs.

    Thank you both for reading!

  4. Terri // February 13, 2010 at 12:32 PM  

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  5. Edie Parrott // February 13, 2010 at 1:05 PM  

    So funny!

  6. Debbie // February 16, 2010 at 6:04 PM  

    Cool blog!~ My kids are older, but I remember K like it was yesterday!~ I was room MOM:) What a fun age though to teach...they are still cute and little. Thanks for stopping by my blog....send me pics of your home I will see what I can come up with...I love to decorate:) and help out when I can for
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  7. VKT // February 16, 2010 at 7:14 PM  

    Wow Debbie! Really? Thanks a bunch! I will.

  8. Deborah (Teach Preschool) // February 17, 2010 at 7:22 PM  

    Are those the Alpha-Time character? I Remember the balloon little people with the big letters on their chest when I first started teaching.

  9. VKT // February 17, 2010 at 7:38 PM  

    Those are the ones Deborah. Can you just picture that poor child when he found Mr. H deflating before his eyes....poor little guy! I told you...I am oldddddddd.