The following kids printables will help children master learning to identify the alphabet letters. This is the first step in teaching children to read.
Remember that preschoolers have short attention spans, so keep the lessons short also. A few short lessons a day will be much easier on both of you than one long one.
It is generally expected that children starting kindergarten will be able to do the following...
- Sing or recite the alphabet.
- Be able to easily identify both upper and lowercase letters.
- Be able to match the uppercase letters to lowercase letters.
- Have the ability to trace letters.
- Be able to write some of the alphabet letters.
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Top 10 Tips for Teaching Kids Alphabet Letters
- Make it fun. Teach only when the child is ready to learn. If your child is tired or uninterested, try another time. You want your child to be fully engaged in learning.
- Start with only one or two letters at a time. Make sure the letters are fully learned prior to moving on. Continue to review letters already learned.
- Teach the lowercase letters first. Reading involves mostly lowercase letters.
- Printables like flashcards and worksheets are great, but remember there are opportunities everywhere for learning letters.
- Let your child find letters on cereal boxes, in alphabet books, on street signs, etc.
- Help your child create letters out of play dough, Legos, etc.
- Sing the ABC song and point to the letters as you sing.
- Hang ABC wall cards in your child's room or playroom for an instant visual aid.
- Read to your child and let them point out the letters they know.
- Use foam letters in the bathtub. They are great fun and a good way to review.
On Montessori schools the approach to teaching letters and their sounds is done in three steps.
- Start by introducing each letter and having the child trace the letter with their index finger. As the letter is being traced, tell them the phonetic sound the letter makes.
- Have them follow simple directions with the letters. From several letters have them, for example, find the /h/ and pick it up.
- The final step is to show them a letter and have them name both the letter and the sound it makes.
Do not move on through the steps unless the prior step(s) have been mastered.
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