Parents are always anxious when it comes to how to teach a child the alphabet for the very first time. Guys let us explain to you something. Anxiety is normal, it is only because you know how remarkable it is to lay the groundwork for your child to learn how to read and write. It might only seem difficult for you because of your fear of whether your child will be able to grasp what you convey.
So before starting with them, you need to put the brakes on all your worries, fear and anxiety. Otherwise, you are going to pressurize your little toddlers. Get this into your mind, kids learn the alphabet anytime between the age of two to six years. You should realize how wide this age range is. It is not a developmental activity like rolling over or getting up which happens one after another in a gap of a few months. You know it would be crazy of you to make a five or six-month-old baby walk, and you wouldn't do it because you respect their progress on each activity. Similarly to learn the alphabet, your child will fall anywhere in that wide age range and it is not something to be concerned with. So we hope you have relaxed a bit after reading the initial preparation required from your side.
Let us now move on to a few powerful strategies on how to teach a child the alphabet:
1. You have to read it aloud for your child
- You have to start reading stories aloud to them from a very young age. While reading show them the character pictures on the book which excite them. Eventually, this excitement can cause an eagerness in them to learn about the alphabet. Also, make sure you read out books that are appropriate for their age otherwise they will lose interest and excitement.
- Choose some distinct alphabet books with fun pictures or appealing illustrations that your child can relate to. You need to point the alphabet on the book and read it aloud so that they can connect the sound with the shape of the letter and this can help them to learn and memorize it.
- Read them books repeatedly, kids love to hear a story again and again. By hearing multiple times they can form connections that can support them in learning alphabets. If it is an alphabet book you are reading, it can be very influential in them. Similarly, when you are traveling read out the signs you see on the road, this can instill the importance of letters around us to your child's mind.
2. Make fun crafts for your child
- Yes, anything that makes alphabets fun and imaginative for your child will work. So make crafts out of paper which invokes interest in them. Draw letters on them and read it to them; you can make this a daily routine for better memorizing. Make it in shapes of a ball, boat or umbrella, basically anything you can and convey the alphabets to them in a fun way.
- You can directly cut out alphabets from paper and giving a color shade to them can excite your little ones. Or draw the alphabets a little larger and ask your kids to color inside them. There are coloring books available especially for this.
- Next, you can write your child’s name and read them each alphabet one by one by pointing it out, so in this way, they will be able to memorize the letters in their name and maybe spell it out with few days of practice.
- Make their favorite snacks in shapes of alphabets, so in this way you are introducing learning to them in every possible way. For example, if you can shape a 'C' out of carrot it can develop your child's connecting technique.
3. Play Games with your child
- Star playing with them by singing the alphabet song. This is one of the proven methods to teach your child about alphabets. First, sing it to them whenever you can, this can help them to get familiar with the song. Next, when you notice they are trying it on their own, sing along with them. Be supportive for them, when they get stuck anywhere in between you give a start and they will pick it up from there.
- When they get really good in reciting the alphabet song you can recite it from the back and see if they are giving it a try. This keeps them interested and you can know how well they have understood each alphabet.
- Get a letter puzzle for them, which basically aims at placing alphabets in order. This game can have a positive effect on your child's mind as they get to know the shapes of each letter very clearly. And when they finish the puzzle they get a sense of accomplishment that can boost their brain growth.
We can assure you that these effectual strategies can aid you to promote alphabet learning in your child. So keep your worries aside and be a confident parent!