While I firmly believe that it is more important for children to learn phonics before letter names, I know many parents are anxious and want to know how teach the alphabet to their preschoolers. Whether you have decided to do homeschool preschool, or you’re working with your preschooler before they start school, there are fun, interactive activities you can do with your child to help them learn the alphabet!
How To Teach the Alphabet to Preschoolers
One of the very first ways I introduce my preschooler to the alphabet is through the ABC song! It’s a simple song that we all know, and children just love to sing. I like to print out an ABC chart and place it on our morning board. That way, while we sing the song, we can point to the letters. This helps the child learn to recognize the letter by name.
This year I set up a very simple alphabet notebook for my preschooler. I like that I can introduce him to the uppercase and lowercase letters separately. We keep the worksheets to a minimum by only doing two of these sheets per week, and my preschooler only does two small sections of each sheet each day.
I am expanding our alphabet learning with a few things:
First, I am using Apples to Zebra ABC Workbook for Preschool and Kindergarten. While it is an awesome curriculum as-is, I am using it a little bit differently.
On the days my preschooler needs a little extra reinforcement, I will pull out a fun find the letter page from this curriculum. This page contains both the upper and lowercase letters, and he can use do-a-dot markers to find the appropriate letters. I also like the do-a-dot page for extra fine motor practice.
When I feel he is confident with letter sounds, I will add in the finding the correct letter sounds page, and the cut and paste page, as well.
For kids who enjoy coloring, there are coloring pages in the Apples to Zebras curriculum, as well as cute pages to help with letter formation. I’m saving the handwriting pages for kindergarten.
We are also using my ABC picture word cards to work on letter recognition, beginning sounds, and sight words. If you’re wondering how you can use ABC picture word cards, I have a post on that!
Working on the alphabet letters and sounds a little at a time is a great way to introduce the entire alphabet to your preschooler. It can also be a lot of fun and a great bonding experience between parent and child. These activities are simple to put together with little prep work!
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