Learning the ABCs at an early age is fundamental for reading and writing. According to research, children start showing interest in learning the ABCs around the age of 2. Even though, there isn’t an ideal time to start teaching, it is never too early to start and have fun while doing so!
There are many tools you can experiment with that involve reading, singing, and playing. The effectiveness of the method will differ according to your child’s characteristics. Some kids learn more quickly and others may need more repetition and time. There are kinesthetic learners yet, there are also visual learners. Ultimately, it is important to start getting your little one familiar with the basics of learning ABCs as early as possible.
Here are some of the most effective ways of teaching the alphabet to your little ones:
The ABC Song
The alphabet song is one of the first songs a child learns. It is memorable and easy to sing along. Start by singing to your child as a baby and continue to do so in the upcoming years. Being familiar with the alphabet and knowing the letter names from an early age will benefit them for future reading demands.
Every moment is a learning moment with our little ones! While driving or waiting in line, play simple games like, “Alphabet Hunt,” by using the signs, license plates, or any words you see! Or, give the “I Spy” game a twist by saying “I spy with my little eye something that begins with the letter S,” then provide hints like “it’s only seen during the day and it starts with ssss.” Not only do these promote their literacy skills, it can also help with their focus and attention.
Learning through play is one of the most effective ways to engage a child in his/her early years. Educational toys are less thought-provoking and more hands-on. Early childhood physical education expert, Dr. Steven Sanders, suggests that touching stimulates children’s learning. It activates sensors that send messages back and forth from the skin to the brain and facilitates observation and identification. Take bath time as an opportunity to promote letter recognition skills with these foam letters that you can stick on your tiles, or even develop gross motor skills with an ABC floor mat.
Spend a few minutes in your child’s nighttime routine to read some books before bed. When reading aloud, make sure you put emphasis on the letters in each syllable to help your child become familiar with letter sounds. Start with timeless classics like, Dr. Seuss’ ABC and Chicka Chicka Book Boom, which are already designed to practice phonics!
There are so many ways to teach kids the alphabet and finding the right method doesn’t happen overnight. At Dearest, we recognize the importance of a high-quality early childhood education. While we want to deliver the best enrichment possible to our children, we understand the growing demands, as parents. That’s why Dearest now offers in-home private and group literacy classes starting with 2-year-olds. Every class is custom designed for each student by our highly-trained educators who will also report and track progress. On top of teaching ABCs through songs and games, they will incorporate other methods that are most suitable for your child’s age and learning style. Our personalized and student-led classes will surely help your little ones become successful readers and writers!
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