How We Learn Our ABC’s
Wow! I can’t believe that I have been blogging this long where I am able to share with you the many ways that we have learned our ABC’s. The subject this week for the Early Childhood Education post is Learning the ABC’s, last week we shared Making Friends. today I’m excited to share how I worked with my younger two for learning their ABC’s.
To be honest I was not the first who taught any of my kids their ABC’s. All of my girls learned from watching TV. We use to watch WTTW’s Sesame Street (before it became PBS Kids and Sprout) and they taught my girls their ABC’s first. Of course we also sing the alphabet song, but Sesame Street on replay was the real teacher. Along with a few other shows and YouTube videos for my younger girls.
Once we learned the song we started to add some recognition to this. I started with Alphabet cards with just the capital letters and we learned them in the order of their names first then we followed the third order of letters in What Order Should you Introduce Letters by Deb Chitwood. Then we moved on to activities using just capital letters. I find that with my girls hide n seek and lots of sensory bins helped.
After we spent some time learning the capital letters and they start to show signs that they are ready to move on. We moved on to the lowercase letters. This was kind of hard for us so we took a few breaks in between learning them. I struggled with my third child with lowercase letters and she just recently can say that she got them now.
I like to transition into learning the sounds of the letters after we learn what each letter looks like in capital and lowercase form. Granted during learning the letters I am introducing them to the sound of each letter but I don’t really focus on the sound until later. To focus more on the sounds of each letter we do some beginning sound activities. I find that when we use our beginning sound cards my girls seem to pick up the different sounds that the letters make a lot better than me doing them individually.
At some point I do take the time to work on each and every letter individually. With this I take the time to address any issues that they had with certain letters. We also go in-depth over the sounds that it makes, placement in the alphabet, how it looks, tracing, words that start with the letter and more. Last year I called it our Letter of the Week, but this year I am just calling it our Focus Letter for the time. I learned last year that everything don’t always go as planned and we spent more than two weeks on a few and less than a week on some letters. So I’ve chosen to just go with the flow because there are only 26 letters in the alphabet and we do about 32-36 weeks of learning, that’s more than enough time to get through all the letters.
Currently I am in the learning the alphabets with the introduction to the lowercase matches with my 2-year-old and focusing on the individual letters with my 4-year-old. Before we really start again I will be assessing how much they remember and what I need to go over again. To do that I will be using these assessments by 1+1+1=1 (TotSchooling, Raising Rockstars Preschool). I find that these are the best assessment sheets for us, because I can customize it to fit our hands on approach to learning.
Well that’s about it, if I remember something that I have forgotten or if I modify or add something new I will update this post with it. I hope that this helps you on your journey to teaching your toddler to preschool aged child their ABC’s.
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Capital or Lowercase? Alphabet Activity for Kindergarten or Preschool by Capri + 3
Playful Ways to Learn Alphabet Letters by Still Playing School
Preschool Letter Activities: 3 Ways to Teach the ABC’s by Learning 2 Walk
Learning the Alphabet- Which Letters Do I Teach First? by Growing Book by Book
Preschool Activities that Teach the Alphabet by Munchkins and Moms
A Giant List of Alphabet Activities by Mom Inspired Life
Teaching the Alphabet with a Class Name Book by Fun-A-Day
Learning the Alphabet Ideas plus FREE ABC Poster by Powerful Mothering
Playful Learning Literacy Games for Preschool and Kindergarten! by The Preschool Toolbox Blog
Teaching the Alphabet Activities for Children by The Educators’ Spin On It