Learning letters and their sounds is the first step towards literacy for young children! Luckily, there are plenty of fun ways to teach kids to recognize the letters, as well as the sounds they make! Here are some of our favorites:
Make letters part of daily life
I learned the alphabet as a kid, because my mom had put an alphabet border – like the ones you find in schools – up in our family room. I really like foam letters that fit into foam pieces (like the ones in this play mat), because they help kids keep the proper letter orientation. I also love these alphabet wall decals – very tempted to get a set for our home in California!
Make the most of music
Singing accentuates the sounds that letters make – vowels last longer and consonants are emphasized. Looking for ideas? Try my music for toddlers post. I think you will find that music has many other parenting benefits, as well! Need some songs to get started? Check out these 30 Fun Alphabet Songs from fun-a-day !
I love this letter sounds race from Inspiration Laboratories, and this alphabet letter splash from Teach Mama is perfect for summer learning. Life at the Zoo even has an alphabet baking series – so you can eat your way through the alphabet!
What are your favorite ways to help kids learn letters and their sounds?
This post is the seventh of eight in the Get Ready for K Through Play series I am working on with Bernadette of Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas, Megan at Coffee Cups and Crayons, Vicky at Mess for Less, Cerys at Rainy Day Mum, and Kristina at Toddler Approved. Be sure to check out their posts as well!
- 20 Alphabet and Phonics Activities from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
- Water Balloon Phonics from Mess for Less
- Active Alphabet Activities from Toddler Approved
- Gross Motor Phonics Game from Coffee Cups and Crayons
- Chalk Letters from Rainy Day Mum
Drop by our Get Ready for K Through Play Pinterest board for more ideas!
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