Learning the letters is one of the first things you might teach your child when they start to near the age of preschool. When you decide you want to teach your child the alphabet, it's best to remember that it needs to be fun.
Kids learn better when they're having fun, rather than when they're bored or uninterested. For this age range, keeping their interest means activity and being interactive. Workbooks typically don't go over well, unless your child is really interested in them.
So far, I've taught three kids their letters and letter sounds. Each one needs just a bit of a different approach, based on their preferred learning style. While it might seem like a game for your child to learn the letters, remember that teaching the alphabet is key for reading and writing.
Let's look at some simple tips for learning the alphabet.
1. Sing Songs
Everyone knows the Alphabet Song, and it's a classic for a reason. It introduces your child to the name of all of the letters. It also helps your child learn the order of the alphabet letters.
You don't just have to use the Alphabet Song. Make up silly songs about each letters, or look online for different songs about letters. Your child might really enjoy the songs, and they could be instrumental in learning his letters.
2. Read Alphabet Books
There are some great books out there that teach kids the letters. They can learn words that start with each letter and look at pictures of the letters.
Don't forget just how valuable reading books to your child is, even as babies. The repetition is good for your child to learn his letters, and you can start reading your alphabet books at any age.
3. Focus on a Letter a Week
Sometimes, one of the easiest tricks to learning letters is by focusing on a letter each week. You can find art projects for each letter. Cut letters out of paper and draw them on paper. Roll the letters out in playdough and look for examples of that letter in the real world.
Once your child has mastered the letter, you move to the next one. Within a few weeks, your child will know a lot of the letters!
4. Use Alphabet Toys
You might be surprised to see how many alphabet toys you can find on the market. There are dozens of toys designed to help your child learn his letters. It starts with some toys, like magnetic letters for the refrigerator.
Then, you can move toward spelling games or even letter games. There are so many choices for alphabet toys!
5. Make Sandpaper Letters
Sandpaper letters are part of the Montessori learning approach, but any child can benefit from having a set available. You can purchase a set of Montessori sandpaper letters or make them yourselves.
Using sandpaper letters give a tactile and visual way to help your child to learn the letters. Your child is shown the letter and then traces the sandpaper letters with their fingers. Each time they trace the letter, you can tell them the name of the letter or the phonetic sound.
6. Try an Alphabet Placemat for the Table
Kids love to color, and it's a useful tool for brain development, as well as learning letters. You can grab a set of merka Coloring Placemats, and leave them on your kitchen table. When your child sits down to have a snack or lunch, you can pint out each letter and have your child color in the letters as you say their names.
7. Have Alphabet Puzzles
I suggest having, at least, one alphabet puzzle for your child to try. Alphabet puzzles are a great tool to have when you're teaching letters and showing your child what each letter looks like.
I prefer wooden alphabet puzzles because they last for longer. You also can use the pieces to spell words as your child gets older and starts to learn how to read.