|1. Introduce the letter by finding a word or a name that is
important to the child. Example: d: dog
|2. Point to the letter on an alphabet chart so the child can see
where the letter is in the alphabet. The chart can be a learning tool as children
visualize what the alphabet looks like.
|3. Sing the alphabet song and stop at that letter for the child to
sing by his/her self.
|4. Model the correct formation of the letter and have your child
trace the letter in salt, sand, gel, fingerpaint, pudding,or shaving cream .
|5. Model the correct formation of the letter and have your child
print the letter with a paintbrush, marker, crayon, chalk, q-tip, pencil, magic
slate, or pen.
|6. Purchase magnetic letters to place on the refrigerator or cookie
sheets to display the letter of the week.
|7. Cut out the letter from a magazine or newspaper.
|8. Use playdoh to roll out and make the letter or a toothpick to
write the letter on the playdoh.
|9. Talk about the shapes of the letters and if the upper and lower
case are the same or different. Play matching games, same or different, or alphabet
|10. Take your finger and trace the letters on the palm of the hand
or on your child's back.
|11. Practice using sticky notes and label objects in the house that
begin with the letter.
|12. Alphabet Stamps are a practical investment for having fun with
the alphabet for alphabet recognition, making words, and spelling.
|13. Eating the alphabet can be a delicious way to reinforce letters
using vegetables, pretzels, potato sticks, and candy to form the letters.
|14. Decorate cupcakes, cakes or cookies using frosting tubes to
print letters. Squeeze mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, or jelly letters out of
containers to enhance your food. If your not hungry place inside a ziploc bag and
practice printing letters on the outside of the bag.
|15. Try Alphabits Cereal for breakfast and name the letters.
|16. Finding, matching, and identifying Alphabet Soup letters are
fun using a magnifying glass to enlarge the letters.
|17. Alphabet tiles or cubes can be great assets to create interest
and play games that strengthen learning the alphabet.
|18. Reading with your child and pointing out letters in a word is a
very natural way to teach the alphabet or go to the library and take out a variety of
books about the alphabet.
|19. Find a flashlight and let your child find the letter in
magazines, books, or the newspaper. Have your child color code or highlight the
letter in yellow.
|20. Make a chart and find stickers or use a star to show your child
the letters that he/she has mastered.
|21. Find puzzles that have the alphabet in order.
|22. Art projects can reinforce letter recognition by making letters
out of pipe cleaners, buttons, sequins, glitter, macaroni, yarn, ribbon, lace, stickers,
materials, or anything that you have available.
|23. Use sign language to demonstrate the letter.
|24. When you are at the supermarket have your child help you find
the groceries by using letters and names. Logos and environmental print that
surround your child adds to the learning environment.
|25. Rhythm, chanting, poems, and clapping can help children learn
accompanied by music or visual associations.
|26. A typewriter or keyboard are interesting techniques for
assisting your child to master the alphabet.
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