5 ways to teach the alphabet

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My oldest had a fascination for letters before she could talk. Even though she didn’t even call me Mommy until she was over two, she knew all her letters và added the sounds as soon as she could talk. Her younger brother picked them up just as quickly.

But it doesn’t work that way for everyone — và when my third little one was pushing three and still knew only a handful of letters, I knew I had to lớn try a different tactic.

In fact, my decision khổng lồ start a letter of the week study at our house and keep myself accountable was the very reason I began this blog. I’d like to giới thiệu some simple ways to lớn teach the alphabet lớn preschoolers – và direct you to a giant phối of resources that will keep it fun!

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How to teach the alphabet to preschoolers

1. Read, read, & read. Read nursery rhymes, rhyming books, picture books và chapter books. Just READ.

2. Notice print in the world around you. Call attention lớn exit signs, the toothpaste tube, and the Cheerios box.

3. Begin letter learning by helping your child learn the letters of his name.

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Before I start a more organized approach to lớn teaching the alphabet khổng lồ my preschoolers, they learn to lớn recognize the letters of their name.

4. Teach the alphabet letter by letter. Not every early childhood teacher uses the Letter of the Week approach; many children learn their alphabet without it (my oldest two did). But I’ve found that Letter of the Week has been a helpful structure for me when designing learning activities at home. Even if you use more of a theme or unit approach khổng lồ teaching preschoolers, you’ll find a huge variety of learning activities in my alphabet archives.

And when you purchase my Letter of the Week curriculum, you’ll have all the activities organized in an easy to follow format!

If you take one week per letter, you’ll have time to:

And more! It’s all in the ebook! 

4. Keep bringing it back khổng lồ the whole alphabet.  If we’re doing a lot of meaningful activities, we will keep coming back to lớn the whole alphabet.

5. Be flexible. You may find that after a few months of letter of the week, your child suddenly recognizes every letter. Awesome! Don’t feel tied khổng lồ this series. Pick và choose what (if any) activities you’d lượt thích to continue with. Even if you don’t continue Letter of the Week, your child will still benefit from listening to lớn the many wonderful books I recommend in my alphabet book lists. You might also enjoy choosing some crafts and process art activities to vày each week. And math activities certainly don’t need to lớn be tied khổng lồ a particular letter!

6. Keep it fun. Remember that kids this age learn best through play. They don’t need fancy flash cards or loads of worksheets. They need a variety of activities khổng lồ stimulate their brains và to reach them the way that they learn best.

You know your children better than anyone. Choose the activities that your child needs — the ones that your child will love. I’ll provide a big phối of ideas for each letter — not so you’ll do every one, but so that you have a lot lớn choose from when you pick what works best for your kids.

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