The A-Z of Learning Letters. 90+ ways to teach your child all about Letters.
For parents, it can sometimes be hard to know when is the best time to start teaching your child about letters and how to go about it?
When to start "teaching" your child about letters?
I believe that Children need to be exposed to letters, through reading books with their parents, from birth. The entirety of their lives should be filled with books, words and text and learning about letters should be as much a part of everyday life as brushing your teeth.
Children will be learning about letters long before you intentionally set up activities or expose them to any explicit or purposeful teaching of letters.
You should know when your child is ready to start learning more about letters by them showing interest. Asking what a letter is, what sound a letter makes, what a word says, pointing out letters, recognising particular letters, attempting to write etc. are all signs that your child might be ready to learn more about letters.
How do I teach my child about Letters?
There are so many different "methods" and "programs" out there on the *best* way to teach Children the letters. Let's face it though, each child will learn and respond differently. Some will pick it up very quickly with minimum exposure and others will need multiple exposures before they have consolidated the learning.
At around the age of 5-6 they should be attending/completing a more formal schooling where they will more than likely be taught about letters (recognising them, naming them, their sounds, their shapes, their blends, writing them, building words etc). Therefore, your job before this time is recognising their interests and readiness and providing FUN and ENGAGING ways for your child to learn more about letters. I believe that forcing learning at this stage will only lead to your child resenting learning.
- Starting with the first letter/letters in their Name can be a good beginning point as your child will often be the most interested in knowing that. Having them recognise their own name is also a handy skill!
- Letters that have only one sound (eg M, F, S etc) can also be easier for your child to learn about.
- Adding in knowledge about vowels (a, e, i, o, u) early on can be useful as well as you require these letters for word building.
Above all, make it FUN and don't force it.
Here are "90+ FUN Activities to Help your Child Learn Everything there is to know about Letters"