How to Teach Alphabet to Your Preschooler

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How to Teach Alphabet to Your Preschooler

It is activity day in playschool for my daughter each Friday and both of us look forward to it (yes, for the same reason). She returns home each Friday with a souvenir to remind and help her relate to the alphabet that has been the focus for the whole week. We have come up with a board that houses all her souvenirs, which ultimately helps her practice her alphabets in a fun way on a daily basis.

Importance of Teaching Alphabet

What are alphabets and why is it important for our children to learn it? Alphabets are simply a collection of letters and sounds. ABCs are the building blocks of language. In order to become literate, our children must be able to recognize each letter, both in order and out of order, as well as the sounds connected with that letter. Once armed with that knowledge, a child is well on the road to reading and literacy.

What helps in this, is the fact that toddlers have a natural curiosity about the world around them. We can spark our little one's interest in the alphabets by engaging him/her in entertaining, yet educational activities. When they are having so much fun, they won't suspect that you are grooming them for the coming future.

Learning Alphabet Phonetically

However, something important to keep in mind is; that teaching only the letter names to a child will have little to no benefit in helping the child learn to read later on. In fact, teaching only letter names can lead to some stumbling blocks later when the child fails to associate the proper letter sound to the letter. Teaching things such as C (see) for CAT is not going to help a child catch on to the connection that C actually makes the /c/ ("cuh") sound in CAT. Even scientific research shows that teaching letter names  along with letter sounds is the most effective approach. When talking to your child about letters, focus on the sound of the letter, rather than what it's called.

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Listed below are a few techniques that can help your child learn alphabets in a fun way.

1. Celebrate the letters of your child's name:

Begin with the first letter of his or her name, and go on from there.  Once they master that, move onto the other letters of the name and then introduce family names.

2. Put together an alphabet book:

Purchase a blank paper book from the store and help your child make a page with each letter. You can have them write the letter or cut out a picture of the letter from an old magazine or colouring book.

3. Play the ABC game whenever you drive someplace:

This is an easy and fun way to teach your child the alphabet. Whenever you drive anywhere play the ABC game. Have your child find the letter ‘A' on billboards, license plates, or signboards. Start with the letter A and then look for letter b, c, etc.

4. Sing the alphabet song:

Children love to sing and what better song to sing than the Alphabet Song. Start your day off with a song or two and be sure to include the ABC song.

5. Make alphabet cookies/dosas:

Which child does not love cookies or funky dosas? Get alphabet cookie cutters or use frosting to write the letter on each cookie. Prepare dosas in the alphabet patterns. Have your child tell you which letter s/he wants to eat.

6. Make an alphabet finger painting:

Use poster board or construction paper and make a finger painting with different letters. Have your child paint the capital letter and lowercase letter. Let him/her decorate it with whatever colours s/he likes.

7. Play the alphabet hide-away Game:

Fill a bag with different objects that start with different letter sounds. For example, you could fill it with an apple, a car, a book, a pencil, etc. Show the child all the items in the bag. Then put all of it back in the bag. Have them find the items by touching them only. Ask them to find something that starts with the letter B. Say what sound does the alphabet ‘b' make. Then see if they can find the book in your bag just by touching.

8. Buy refrigerator magnets:

Buy a bag of refrigerator magnets and use them to begin teaching letter recognition.

9. Sort the alphabet:

You can use the refrigerator magnets for this activity. Separate letters and numbers.  Ask your child to search for the alphabets that you cite.

10. Matching letter game:

Matching letters isn't just a fun way to teach your child the alphabet, it also enhances memory. Cut out cards and write each letter twice on one deck. Scatter the cards (face up or down) and ask your child to look for a pair of letters. If your child is looking for the letter B, say "B" repeatedly until the appropriate card is found.

11. Alphabet hop:

Teach your child the alphabet through play by hopping and jumping. Using a chalk, write 5 different letters on the sidewalk. When you say a particular letter, your child must jump where the letter is. This activity is perfect for children who are full of energy and can't sit still.

Some points to keep in mind when teaching Alphabet:

  • Reading helps; therefore, read nursery rhymes, rhyming books, picture books to your children.
  • Teach the alphabet letter by letter, practicing "Letter of the Week" is a helpful way of learning.
  • Repetition helps, keep bringing it back to the whole alphabet.
  • Keep it fun. One way to keep your alphabet learning enjoyable is to include music.

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Ruth Pattnaik
Ruth is presently a stay-at-home mother of an active 2 years old daughter. She has formerly been an English teacher, knowledge manager, content writer, editor and proofreader. She chose to give up all of this to embark on the journey called ‘Motherhood’ and not one moment of it has left her dejected. When she is not busy watching her baby’s new antics, she loves to transform into a bookworm and catch up on her reading and writing.

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