Fun Ways for Kids to Learn Their ABC's

Tips to Teach Your Child the Alphabet

There are several advantages of teaching your child the alphabet, also known as letter recognition. Children who can recognize letter names will be more likely and able to learn the sounds the letters make much more easily than children who cannot recognize the letter names. If your child can easily recognize each letter, they usually have an easier time learning to read. 

As your child gains knowledge of letter recognition, they will also gain the confidence to discover words using the letters they have learned, and they are more eager to learn how to read than children who start school and do not have an understanding and knowledge base of letter recognition.

Should I teach my child uppercase or lowercase letters first? It really doesn't matter which one you teach first. They will eventually have to learn them both. However, I do want to point out that the uppercase letters are easier to recognize, and there is less of a chance of reversing them (only M and W could possibly get misconfigured).  

If you teach the lowercase letters first, the letters (b and d could be flipped vertically, b and p could be flipped horizontally, d and p could be flipped vertically and horizontally, and n and u could be flipped both vertically and horizontally). 

Click on the free resources below that we have provided for you to use that will help you teach your child letter recognition for both uppercase and lowercase letters.  

The most important tip for you to remember is that your child must gain the confidence in themselves as they learn to master the recognition of letters. This is very important because you want your child to have a fun introduction to the alphabet, which will lead them to have a desire to learn more! 

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The foundational building blocks of learning how to read for most pre-school and kindergarten age children has incorporated some form of memorization using outdated technology and methods with “sight word” recall tactics. While that is not always a bad way to teach children how to read, it does not help your child with the fundamental understanding of phonics and the skills that are necessary in order to master decoding strategies that will transform their ability to comprehend from the time they start to learn to read and beyond. The literacy stats don't lie. In the USA when 5th graders were tested, the average score for 2016 study found an average of 44% reading proficiency. Clearly something is wrong. 


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