You can easily help you child recognise, read and write the alphabet. You will not be stuck for ideas once you go through this list!
1) Letter Spotting
While going out and about, point at real-life letters you can spot everywhere, from car plates and shop signs, to street names and restaurant menus! This activity also boosts children’s awareness with world around them.
2) Musical Letters
This activity combines exercise with alphabet learning! Get around a dozen of sheets and write one unique letter on each sheet in a large size. You can mix uppercase and lowercase letters. Place the sheets in a circle on the floor. Start some music! Prompt your child to run around the circle of letters when the music is turned on and stop when the music is turn off. When they stop, ask your child to sound out the nearest letter to them. Carry on turning the music on and off and have lots of fun!
3) Write and Wipe Flashcards
Flashcards are one of the top resources in language learning. They are an excellent way to practise the alphabet while improving vocabulary.
WordUnited’s Write & Wipe bright and vivid pictorial flashcards are one of the largest, clearest and most durable you can find. They are great for visual learning and help children to focus on reading and writing the alphabet (both uppercase and lowercase). Children love the unlimited practice on these whiteboard-like cards, writing and wiping time after time. The kits come complete with pens, detachable erasers, instructions, stickers and heavy-duty box with a magnetic lid. Don’t forget to give your child one of the free reward stickers for their excellent writing! You can find more about these cards here: http://support.wordunited.com/en/product/english-alphabet/
You can also watch a video on how to use the Write & Wipe range to boost your child’s literacy and numeracy here: http://support.wordunited.com/en/product-category/english/#the-video
4) Bake the ABCs!
Use this recipe to make a basic biscuit dough:
Ingredients: 1 cup sugar, 1 cup butter, 1 egg, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp vanilla and 2.75 cups flour.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F (180°C fan-assisted).
- Cream butter + sugar with an electric mixer.
- Add and beat the egg + vanilla
- Separately, mix flour + baking powder
- Add flour mix to the rest of the beaten ingredients gradually, mixing after each addition.
- Start the alphabet fun! Make letters from the dough (they should be around 0.3 cm thick (1/8 inch).
- Bake for around 8 minutes or until light brown.
- Enjoy eating the ABC biscuits with your child!
5) Free Printable Worksheets
These free printable worksheets from WordUnited are perfect to help children recognise and write the alphabet: http://support.wordunited.com/resourcecategory/alphabet-english/
The images and fun and clear and there is plenty of space of practice writing the letters!
6) Letter Lacing
Punch holes forming the shape of a letter in thick paper.
Get some colourful yarn and a child-safe plastic needle and help you child to lace or sew the letter. They can even sew and frame their name on punched cards.
7) Type and Print
Open a word document, choose a large font size and a bright font colour.
Child-friendly fonts such as “Comic Sans“ are ideal to use, especially ones that have the handwritten shape of the letter “a” (a instead of a).
Encourage your child to press on keyboard letters while saying them and watching the letter appear on the screen. Take it a step further and help your child to type his name and other words. Play with a variety of fonts, sizes and colours!
Print out your child’s document and encourage them to read it!
8) Playdough ABC
Use playdough to make shapes of the letters. You can draw a letter on a piece of paper and encourage your child to make it with playdough. They can place the playdough letter over the written letter. Be creative, and help your child to make different sizes and a mix of colours of shapes… Why not stick eyes and a mouth on some the letters? Playing with playdough helps improve your child’s much needed fine motor skills to start writing!
9) Make a Letter Collage
Save some old magazines and newspapers and help your child cut letters from titles and headings using child-safe scissors. You child can paste the letters in their preferred arrangement to create an alphabet collage! Prompt them to identify letters they are cutting.
10) Read, Read and Read!
Reading from a very young age is strongly linked to high performance in literacy. To focus on learning the alphabet, take a moment on each page to point at a letter at the beginning of a word and say its sound. Encourage your child to spot letters they know on the page or ask them to page-hunt a letter you say!
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