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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
just play with the trains
and solve the puzzles
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
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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...
Click on the picture to get your download to make an alphabet book with your preschooler.
Listening to the sound of F.
Using paint dabs to make an F.
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!