It is so important that your child learns all their UPPER AND LOWERCASE LETTERS AND The SOUND each letter makes. PLEASE HELP YOUR CHILD BY WORKING ON this over the summer.
WAYS TO PRACTICE THE ALPHABET
- Use flashcards (you can print some from the link at the bottom of this page) to practice naming the letters and sounds. If using all the letters is overwhelming, choose a few that your child knows, and a few they do not. Mix them up. See how many letters they can name.
- Read ABC books to your child (You can find many fun ABC books at your local library.). Sing ABC songs (You can find some GREAT ABC songs/videos on youtube. Have Fun Teaching, ABC mouse, and storybots have some fun ABC songs and videos. Just google abc songs and look for these titles.).
- Hang a few of the letters your child does not know around the house and have them practice naming them whenever they see them.
- Play “I’m thinking of a letter and it makes the sound mmmm,” game.
- Have your child use a finger to trace a letter while saying the name and sound. Use sand, sugar, or shaving cream.
- Go on a letter hunt. Pick a letter and see how many you can find in magazines, newspapers, cereal boxes, etc. Cut them out to make a letter collage or circle them with a marker.
- Make letters out of play dough.
- Use water paints or finger paints to practice writing and naming letters.
- Cut out the smaller letters I have attached and practice matching capital and lowercase letters. Pick a few and ask your child to think of something that begins with that letter.
- Mix up the letters, put them back in abc order and then point to each letter and say its name and/or sound.
- Go on a sound hunt. Pick a letter of the alphabet, tell what sound that letter makes, and find things around the house that start with that letter.
- Pick a letter of the day and see how many items you can find that begin with that letter sound.