Teaching the Alphabet
Teaching the alphabet is often the first step in teaching reading
because the ABC's are the foundation of the English language. Learning
to read starts with the ability to recognize each letter and the sounds
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How to teach the alphabet
In a way your kids will love to learn
The best way to teach the alphabet is through lots of repetition and
practice and by making the ABCs available to your kids in a variety of
fun and interesting ways.
So, how do you go about teaching the
alphabet in a fun and engaging way that will motivate your child to want
to learn to read? Here are some suggestions sure to bring about
How to teach the alphabet for reading success:
- Incorporate fun activities that teach alphabet lessons
- Utilize worksheets specifically designed to teach the alphabet
ABC songs. This helps them remember the alphabet in order in a fun
way. Most kids will learn faster with a song even if they're singing
"ellamennapee for l, m, n, o, p" for a while. Once they learn the song,
you can start teaching the sounds that each letter makes. You can
point to letters as you get to it in the song. Sing the song throughout
the day casually without making a production about "learning".
- Tell stories specifically targeting a particular letter
- Have them write or draw the letters. Tracing is an easy way to get them used to writing letters
- Point out letters of the alphabet throughout the day - in newspapers, magazines, TV shows, road signs, menus, etc.
- Teach them the letters in their own name so they can spell it and write it
- Visit websites that teach the alphabet in a fun and interactive way
- Teaching phonics helps them learn the sounds that the letters make
Teaching the alphabet for your child’s age:
- Sings the alphabet song
- Knows the names of all the letters
- Recognizes their name in print and can write some of the letters
- Can identify rhymes
- Knows the name for all the letters in the alphabet
- Distinguishes between upper and lower case letters
- Writes their own name
- Knows most of the phonics sounds that the letters represent
First Grade readers:
- Reads and writes all the letters
- Knows the different sounds for all the letters
- Understands when to use upper and lower case letters
- Tells apart similar letters like b and d
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