Teaching the alphabet can be very easy as well as enjoyable when starting with a young child, grandchild or any child that comes near you for that matter.
Even now everyone in our home is trying to coax our eighteen month old grandson to recite those all-important twenty-six letters.
It is still a hotly debated question over exactly "when" to begin. But, I have found that if they are not interested, they will certainly let you know. As long as it remains fun and you use creative and varied approaches, then I think age eighteen months or younger in some cases, is just fine.
One of the best ways of introducing each letter has been to choose one at a time while hitting as many senses of the body as possible. What do I mean?
Well, introduce one letter at a time to your young learner. Then, try to stimulate as many senses such as hearing, smelling, seeing, touching or tasting. That's what I mean.
At this point you will just be instructing them to recognize and say the names of the letters. The letter sounds can be mentioned now but should really be stressed after they can recite the alphabet.
An example using the letter "Aa" when teaching the alphabet might look like this…
Tip: Keep the magnetic letters in a covered, metal cake pan which can serve as your magnetic surface and also offer easy storage
A few other ideas for teaching the alphabet to your child are listed here:
Start using some of these ideas and you will quickly and easily have your child, grandchild or someone else's child reciting the ABC's too. Once that is accomplished, then it will be on to phonics and learning the sounds of these important twenty-six letters.
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