Although we take it for granted, learning the ABCs is an integral part of early literacy development. According to a paper published in the National Library of Medicine, ‘Children’s knowledge of letter names and sounds is the best predictor of their later reading and spelling abilities’. When the child learns letter names, it becomes possible to relate them to their sounds, especially that a lot of the letters’ names actually resemble the letter sounds. For example, it will be easier for the child to know that the letter ‘B’ makes the sound /b/ if they know its name. The alphabet is also the most important tool in improving spelling and pronunciation, so having a good command of it can provide a great advantage.
In this chapter, we will cover learning the ABCs as an early literacy skill at the Pre-K stage and what it entails. In addition, we will be providing you with several fun activities to help your child master the alphabet. Before delving into learning letter names, shapes, and sounds, we need to train your child’s hand and make sure that it will be able to produce lines that make up letters. Therefore, the first lesson in this chapter will be on pre-writing activities. Then, we will move on to learning each letter individually, starting with the letters A, B, C and D. Each lesson will tackle one of these letters, specifically its shape, sound and examples of its usage.
There are countless ways in which you can help your preschooler learn the alphabet smoothly and without any pressure. Here is a list of a few activities from our website that we think are effective in making the process fun and fuss free:
Some other activities you can implement with your child at home to aid their learning journey are:
Learning the ABCs is a huge milestone at your child’s learning stage. It can help them reach their future milestones faster and aid their reading and writing skills significantly. If you would like to read other articles about our Pre-K ELA curriculum, check out this interactive catalogue.