The Numerous Ways to Teach the Alphabet
Teaching alphabet lays the foundation to reading and writing. I believe no one will contest the fact that alphabet skills are important. The ABC song was my very first attempt to introduce letters to my boy.
I started a letter of the week and word of the day since my boy was 12 months old and went through the cycle at least twice. When he was younger, my objective was to increase his vocabulary through an experiential approach.
For example, Aa for Apple, I showed him the apple, cut the apple and let him taste the apple.
When my boy was older, learning was more comprehensive. I tried to cover these learning areas:
- Aesthetics and Creative Expression
- Discovery of the World
- Language and Literacy
- Motor Skills Development
- Social and Emotional Development
There are differing views to letter of the week as it is being seen as an obsolete approach. However, it worked great for boy!
In this article, I am going to show you the numerous ways to teach the alphabet. Fun is the key to learning!
1. Reading opens a world of possible
Read anything! Be it picture books, nursery rhymes or even brochures! Just READ! My boy has taken a fancy in brochures especially that of cakes! Search me! May be he is just greedy!
2. Songs and Rhymes
I began with the ABC Song! Do you? Children remember through songs. I tried to find a song related to the word of the day whenever possible! Sometimes, I made up my own songs for added fun!
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3. Arts & Crafts
I love arts & crafts! My boy loves doing arts & crafts simply because it allows him to create and explore. It trains fine motor coordination, patience and gives him a great sense of accomplishment and pride. Arts & crafts are great for bonding too!
4. Sandpaper Letters
We used Montessori Sandpaper Letters.
Three things are taught in using sandpaper letters: the shape of the letters, the feel of its shape and how it is written, and how you pronounce its sound. These letters provide a tactile and visual way to help my boy learn the alphabet.
If you do not have Sandpaper Letters, you may consider using Groove Flashcards or Tactile Embossed Cards.
5. Alphabet Boxes
An alphabet box is a box with objects that start with the letter. This got my boy excited to see what was inside every week!
6. Alphabet Book
This book is like a scrapbook. I will give my boy magazines, brochures and stickers and he has to go in search of objects that starts with the letter of the week!
7. Sensory Bins
Children love to use their senses to discover the world around them! Sensory bins provide fine motor practice, allow children to pretend play and can be an awesome way to help with language and vocabulary development. Sensory bins engage all the five senses and the mess is contained in a little bin! My boy’s favorite filler is water! He loves getting himself soaked!
Your eyes are not playing tricks on you! Yes! Food! I attempted to make Cute Food for my boy. I was quite full upon completion as I was busy eating the scraps of food! We made pizza, muffins and cookies as well! This serves to make learning fun and is a great bonding session!
Each child is unique and as you observe your child, you will identify his strengths and preferences. This will allow you to understand your child’s preferred learning style.
These are the four main types of learning styles:
- Visual (learn through seeing)
- Auditory (learn through hearing)
- Tactile (learn through touch)
- Kinesthetic (learn through doing and moving)
Offer a variety of experiences to help your child develop new strengths and interests and that will broaden his or her understanding of the world.
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