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 my Teach the Alphabet book to pull out lots of fun and engaging games to bring the alphabet to life! This eBook includes 20 simple activities to help teach your child the alphabet.
I also use books and preschool lesson plans based on books to teach letters and sounds in a fun and informal way.
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!