Watching a child learn new things like the alphabet is a fun process. If you are working with your child to learn the alphabet, consider creating an alphabet collage. Here are some fun tips to try with your child to help them learn the alphabet:
1.Trace different letters in uppercase and lowercase on posterboard.
Give your child some crayons, markers, colored pencils and other accessories like glitter to decorate the different letters. This is a great activity for children as they love to color. For older children, try giving them other things to work with like adhesive jewels, foam cutouts, and other decorative items. As you sing the alphabet song with your children, hold up the different letters so they can see how they relate to one another.
2.Create an alphabet magazine.
Use 26-30 sheets of paper to make a small booklet or magazine with a cover. Have your kids go through each page and glue items that relate to the different letters on each page. Glue a letter to each page as well to make it easier for your children to learn how to read letters, which will help them as they begin to learn how to recognize letters and read them when you are reading stories to them.
3.Paint the letters of the alphabet using finger paints.
This is always a great idea as you can let your kids get dirty, which they always love. Finger paint different things that correspond to the letters on the paper, this will make it easy for your kids to recognize how these things relate to one another.
4. Divide a large poster board into 26 squares.
Each square will represent a different letter. Use another piece of cardboard and do the exact same thing, but this time you will cut slots to make doors. Now you will attach the poster board sheets together. On the doors, draw the letters and when they open the door, they will be able to see different things that relate to each letter. Use images from magazines and catalogs to create collages inside the doors when they are opened. Have your children color the letters so the poster board isn’t plain white with just some letters drawn on it.
5.Create a letter puzzle.
Use some foam sheets to create a cute letter puzzle for your kids. Cut out 26 squares from the foam squares and then write the different letters on each square and have your kids decorate the different letters. Once they have dried, mix all the different pieces up and have your kids try to get all the foam pieces back together again.
There are so many teaching opportunities available to teach your children the alphabet. Try singing the alphabet song with them when you are in the car or just at home. Use a book to show them the different letters and point them out as you sing them. This is a great way to help your children recognize the different letters and to start understanding the alphabet.
One of the easiest ways to teach your children letters is to start with their own name. It is pretty easy to teach your kids letters when they can relate the letter to something. Showing them that the letter “M” starts their name, Melissa, they will be able to see how the word relates to their name and pretty soon they can start to recognize the other letters in their name as well and they may be able to spell their name.