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If you are looking for small ways to teach preschoolers the letters of the alphabet, you are in the right place.  Click on the letters below to find activities, books and other fun alphabet amusements.  The key is to make it fun.  Learning is fun and three and four year olds are curious and love to learn.  So click below and                 learn your ABC's with my EFG girl!

Click on any letter below to find alphabet practice for each letter.  Pages include practicing hearing the sound of the letter, coloring pages that start with the letter, cut and paste activities, alphabet books to assemble, handwriting practice of each letter, assembling the letters using eye -hand coordination, uppercase and lowercase sort, craftivities to make with each letter, and alphabet grids that you can use with one, two or many letters.  Click, download and see! 

Some basic helps and hints from a Reading Teacher

1. Read, read, read!

read those chubby little books for baby's hands

read board books

read alphabet books

read nursery rhymes

read story books

read library books 

2. Get a Library Card for your Child

make the library an activity that you do often

allow your child to choose 2-3 books

have a special book bag for the library

check out some books yourself so your child sees you as a reader

3. Alphabet Puzzles and alphabet Trains

all aboard!

just play with the trains

and solve the puzzles

4.  Write 

allow your child to see writing is a form of communication

write notes, shopping lists and notes to members of the family

read the note to your preschooler and put him/her in charge of the shopping list

you will be surprised when he reads it back to you

5.  Reebus & Coloring

reebus is the art of a little picture substituting the word...everyone loves them

lots of alphabet coloring books or pages

you can find alphabet pages on line

6. Magnetic Letters

decorate your fridge or child's easel with magnetic letters

talk about the letters as they come up in conversation

5 Ways that Children Play and many reasons why PLAY is important to their social, emotional and intellectual Development  

Click the page above to download the full article

Click on the alphabet letter above to download activity pages for that letter. Start with the letter M.  Be sure that your child is enjoying learning. Smiling face and busy hands is what you are looking for...

alphabet practice for preschoolers

Click on the picture to get your download to make an alphabet book with your preschooler.

alphabet pages for preschoolers letter e

Listening to the sound of F.  

Using paint dabs to make an F. 

Teaching good posture and listening to children beginning school.  However, there must be a proper balance of sitting, running and playing.  If you would like the anchor chart above to display in your classroom, just click the picture. 

alphabet activities Q preschoolers

Animals at the Zoo

Teach the alphabet in this order:

M   T   B   F   D   S   P   V   L   Z   N   W   J

K   H   C   G   Y   R   A   O   I   U   E  Q  X

Learn Your ABC's with my "EFG" Girl 

Knowledge of Letters of the Alphabet

According to research, the single best predictor of first-year reading achievement is the child’s knowledge of and the ability to recognize and name the

upper- and lower- case letters of the alphabet.     A child with automatic, accurate recognition of letters will have an easier time learning about letter sounds and word spellings than a child who does not know the letters of the alphabet.   When educators discuss the importance of children possessing knowledge of letters of the alphabet, they are often discussing a variety of skills. Some may only mean that students will learn to recognize and name the letters of the alphabet.  Others will include learning how to write the letters as part of this skill, while others will include matching sounds to letters

as a component of letter knowledge.   Any and all these steps in learning the alphabet should always be enjoyable.  Let your child guide you on what he/she is ready for.  Remember you can do so much just by setting the right reading environment.  Learning to read includes reading, writing, listening and speaking and most important, thinking! 

Recognizing letters can be taught by distinguishing shapes and seeing the distinct features that make an M an M or an S an S.  Singing the ABC song is a great way to start out with a preschooler.  People love music and stories; babies and children love music and stories!  Nursery Rhymes can be sung or read and become quite enjoyable.  Pointing out different letters in the environment can also be a starting point for your preschool child.  Letters and numbers are everywhere.  Casually point out letters and numbers when they happen to be in view.  Instruction on letters of the alphabet is "clearly important because one of the beginning reader's biggest responsibilities is to figure out how our alphabetic language works" (Cunningham & Allington).  Most likely, your child is already talking so they are intuitive to our language.  They know how to tell you things or ask for things.  They know stories have a beginning, middle and end because they are living those stories right along beside you.  They know how to evaluate and make inferences (which are higher comprehension skills in reading).  Your 2 year old is able to make an inference if Mommy or Daddy is happy or sad by facial expressions or viewing actions.  So start the journey with your child down alphabet lane.... be on the look out for letters, numbers and fun as you go.  The joy is in the journey!​