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I am gearing up for a really fun series here on Homeschool Preschool. I am in the process of writing an entire series of Letter of the Week units that you can use with your preschoolers.
While I’m getting the series ready to launch, I want to share with you guys some great ideas and resources that will help you prepare your preschoolers for learning the alphabet.
In addition to filling your book basket with alphabet books, there are many tricks and tools you can use to reinforce letter recognition and then move on to letter sounds.
Here is a collection of simple ways to teach the alphabet in your homeschool preschool.
Read, read, and read some more. Introduce your preschoolers to picture books and easy chapter books. If you show an interest in books, they’ll show an interest in reading with you. When you read alphabet books, your little ones will begin to recognize their letters and the sounds they make.
2. Point out letters and words in your child’s environment.
Notice signs and storefronts as you drive through town. Bring attention to words and letters on a cereal box or other packaging in your home. Help kids notice how letters make up the words that name the things around them.
Playdough is always a great teaching tool. Kids can roll out playdough ‘snakes’ to form the letters of the alphabet. They can press buttons or beans into playdough to ‘write’ a letter or word. Those are two of the three ideas Sara, one of the writers on this blog, shared in 3 Ways to Learn the Alphabet with Playdough.
There is no shortage of alphabet themed printables on Pinterest and here on the blog. Once I kick off my Letter of the Week series, there will be even more. Be sure to check out the following printables here on Homeschool Preschool: Focus on the Alphabet, Winter Alphabet Sorting Mats, Alphabet Posters, Alphabet Dot Activity Pages.
Most preschool moms I know have a set of letter magnets on the refrigerator. If you don’t, you can find them at your local dollar store or on Amazon. With letter magnets, you can introduce your preschoolers to the basics of phonics – letter recognition, letter sounds, and beginning blends.
Print or purchase letter posters to hang in your child’s playroom, homeschool room, or bedroom. Let your preschoolers become familiar with the way each letter looks and objects that begin with that letter’s sound. I have some fun alphabet posters here on the blog, and here are a few choices I found on Amazon.
7. Play the ABC game in the car.
While you’re driving around town, search for each letter of the alphabet on billboards, store and restaurant signs, highway signs, and even on big rig trucks driving beside you.
8. Alphabet Cookies.
When snack time rolls around, make alphabet cookies with ABC cookie cutters. You can use refrigerated cookie dough or whip up a batch from scratch.
9. Scavenger Hunts
Go on an alphabet scavenger hunt. Send your kids around the house looking for items that start with a certain letter. Go on a nature walk and see if you guys can find something that begins with each letter of the alphabet.
What is your favorite way to teach the alphabet?