One of the first stepsfor reading success is having a firm knowledge of the abc letteralphabet.
PhonicTip:When you areteaching lettersounds, be careful not to add an "uh" sound at the endof some letters. For example, letter s should sound like a snake hissing.Letter s says /sss/not /suh/
When I am teaching the abc letter alphabet, I usually say something similar to this: "The name of this letter is (say the letter name) and it makes this sound (say the letter sound)."
There is oftenconfusion between what is a letter name and what is a letter sound. So letme clear it up for you right now. You can hear the letter names inthe following video - you might even want to show this to your littleones!
Here is little Sophie attempting to say the abc letter alphabet SOUNDS. The mother tells Sophie the letter alphabet name, and then encourages her to say the letter sounds. I think she is doing really well...!
How to assess your child
Yourchild's letter alphabet knowledge can be tested and encouraged by:
Alphabet Flash Cards Use 2 or 3 flash cards at a time, introducing more as they learn them.These have no pictures, so your child will be totally relying on theirmemory.Remember you are asking yourchild to tell you the sound of the letter, not the letter alphabetname.
Alphabet Book Thisis a fantastic idea if your child is struggling to learn the sounds. Eachpage has a letter of the alphabet. Help your child to cut out magazinepictures and stick them onto the page which begins with the initial letter alphabet soundof the picture.
Tactile Letters Large 'dashed outline' letters of the alphabet to trace or stick things on to make large Tactile Letters. This is especially good for young children who still enjoy playing with manipulatives.
Alphabet Wheels Dial a letter and find the picture beginning with the initial alphabet sound