Teaching a child to learn the alphabet is very rewarding to both you and the child. Children are usually anxious to learn and absorb what is taught while playing games. Learning through play is a very important step in early childhood education. Read on to learn how to teach the English alphabet to nursery children.
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Things you need
- Alphabet chart
- Alphabet flashcards
- Play dough
- Magnetic letters
- Color sheets
- Books about letters
Teach the child to sing the alphabet song by pointing to a chart, including the upper and lower case letters. Every week, introduce and focus on one letter by having the child do activities.
Introduce a letter, for example, "A" for apple, "B" for bell. Seeing, sounding and associating an object with the letter, will encourage letter and sound recognition in upper and lower case letters.
Participating in activities such as finding and cutting out a particular letter from magazines or newspapers to make a "letter collage"will promote learning. Forming play dough letters, colouring letter colour sheets, or have the child glue buttons or beads to the shape of the letter. Playing a matching game will not only teach recognition, but will teach problem solving and build self-esteem. Reinforce the letter recognition by placing magnetic letters on the refrigerator within the child's reach.
Eating a snack, such as a banana for the letter "B" or finding the letter "B" in the cereal or alphabet soup, is also a fun way to learn.
Read books on the alphabet and point to the letter as you read. Children love to interact by calling out the letter. This not only allows them to love books, but introduces a whole world of learning and entertainment.
Tips and warnings
- Consistency is the key to early learning.
- Technology makes learning easy and fun for children by engaging in interacting games available on the computer or hand-held devices.
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