Teaching the alphabet is foundational for reading and writing.

Teaching the alphabet is foundational for reading and writing.

all over chronilogical age of 2, children begin showing interest in learning alphabet letters. Though some young kids learn letters very quickly, others need more repetition and time to learn letters. Today I’m going to give out a few of my personal favorite techniques to teach the alphabet to little ones.

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Here’s what a preschooler should know before kindergarten:

  • Recite/sing the alphabet
  • Identify letters that are uppercase
  • Identify lowercase letters
  • Match uppercase letters to lowercase letters
  • Identify the sounds each letter makes
  • Traces letters
  • Write some alphabet letters

1. Sing Songs

Singing the alphabet song to your son or daughter introduces the letters in their mind in a fun way. Start singing for them as an infant and as they get older, have them start singing along (which they will probably do naturally!). My kids LOVE this CD by Discovery Toys that has a song about alphabet letters as well as the sounds they make. It truly helped my kiddos learn their letters along with the sounds.

2. Read Alphabet Books

Read a number of alphabet books to your kids, even starting as babies. The repetition will truly help your child learn the alphabet at a young age. When my oldest came to be, I happened to be surprised at how alphabet that is many we had received as gifts. We loved reading all of them because they were different from one another. I found that around eighteen months both my kids really started enjoyed alphabet that is reading. Below are a few of our alphabet books:

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