Do you only rely on rhymes, songs, and reciting to teach your young child the alphabet? Well, these mundane and traditional methods can be done away with and made creative. All it takes is innovation and time to teach your child. Surely these fun ways to teach the alphabets to preschoolers will hold their attention, and drive their boredom away.
The first thing a preschooler discovers at school is the 26 letters of the alphabet. However, how about early home learning?
When To Start Teaching your Child Letters?
Ideally speaking, when they turn two you will start teaching your children the letters. Some kids may show interest early on and pick up quickly, but from the age of 15 months, it’s best to start exposing them to alphabets. If you can keep your children excited and make learning the alphabet enjoyable and engaging, they’ll pick up in no time!
Fun Ways to Teach Alphabets to Preschoolers
Pick a time of the day before you start, when your child is full of energy and is most sensitive and attentive. It might be a short time after breakfast, or after a snack at the evening. Remember, a cranky kid is a poor learner, and can also exhaust you. Picking the right time, therefore, is the key to effective learning.
Gather all the necessary materials in advance; you can rope in your child to collect them and then put them away after use. Explain what you two will do to your child. Hold the level of excitement and curiosity elevated by overthinking the action ahead! Preschoolers love the thrill of getting involved in something new and immediately open up.
Here are some super cool ways to teach the alphabets to preschoolers.
1. Write on Sand
Fill a tray with either sand or salt. Hold the hand of your little one, and write out the letters on the sand. When done, level the sand and continue all over again by swiping your palm!
2. Picture Books
Before he even begins talking, the toddler learns to see and understand his surroundings. Propose a fun picture book before bedtime on your lap and enjoy learning every single alphabet together!
3. Alphabet Splash
Have you got a fence? Super Only uses chalk or something similar to write down the letters of the alphabet on the fence. Get a squirter of water and ask your kids to fire their names’ letters. When done, squirt them to write their family members’ letters or to name their siblings.
4. Letter of The Week
Each week one letter, and fun-filled activities revolving around it. That is so simple. From showing how to teach children to recognize alphabets by tracing alphabets and their respective photograph-filled shapes, to reading a book or doing simple motor skill activities, creating a letter-themed weekday is sure to let their inventive juices flow.
5. Use Alphabet Pasta
Fill it with soup. Let your child fish out every letter and revise the alphabet letters.
6. Practice Writing Alphabet Letters On Cupcakes Or Cookies
Fill a buttercream in a Ziploc bag, and snip the corner. Hold the hand of your child and write one letter to each cake or cookie to spell out his or her name.
7. Arts and Crafts
Another fun game to make when learning something new is to draw alphabets or letters. Some letters are a little more complicated than the others and making crafts or origami around them pays off. Get colorful jewels, sticky tapes, and delightful stickers and other craft supplies to create and remember artsy letters for a family fun activity. Your children will love it!
8. Play with stickers
Purchase stickers for the alphabet. Upon a wall, put the chart paper. On chart paper, draw rows. Get your child to carefully adhere to the alphabet stickers. Alternatively, send a letter and make your child pick it up and hold it.
Keep up in your house a blank board or a black screen. Keep handy pieces of chalk colored or erasable markers. Give your child-free time to draw alphabet forms and figures.
10. Sandpaper Letters
It is a perfect way to introduce letters to children through sandpaper letters. The Didax sandpaper or School Supply Tactile Letter Kit are my favorites. This is a perfect pre-writing activity since children use their fingers to trace the letters of sandpaper. I love the cards telling the child where to start and which direction to take.
Sandpaper letters are part of the technique used by Montessori to learn how to read. These letters have a tactile and visual approach to helping kids learn the alphabet. In the Montessori method, in the 3-period lesson, you teach a child letters.
11. Alphabet Puzzles
Teaching alphabet puzzle letters is an incredible tool for teaching alphabets. It is a beautiful wooden puzzle with sleek images. This is also a great way to practice vocabulary and verbal competencies.
12. Sing Songs
Your child should introduce letters in a fun way by singing your song alphabet. Begin to sing to you as a baby and get older and start singing (which you would probably do naturally!!). It has really helped kiddos learn both their letters and the sounds.
13. Alphabet Hunt
Create a hunting game for letters on signs, on other cars, and more the next time you’re in the car and riding together. Another way to have fun with alphabets is by magnet letters. Nonetheless, continue to perform this task when the first stage of introducing the letters is finished and the child is able to graduate and recall to the next level of interaction.
So, these are fun ways to teach the alphabet to preschoolers that will hold their attention, and drive their boredom away.
The precious years of pre-school learning are few. And before you know, your little one’s going to be gone to do things by himself. Embrace these years and enjoy your child’s time sowing the seeds that make him believe that learning is just a lot of fun!
Learning the alphabet is as simple as 1,2,3 as long as you do it step-by-step and you go slow but steady. Often children can learn easily, while others can learn gradually because of their lack of interest. Make things fun, make things interesting and your children will get to know something new literally.
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