Help learning the letters of the alphabet?

Angelica - posted on 10/06/2010 ( 26 moms have responded )

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My son just turned 4 in May and is in headstart. At my parent conference, his teacher told me that the only problem he is having his learning the letters of the alphabet. Does anyone know of any websites where I can print materials out to work more w/ him at home?

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starfall.com is a nice site. They go from letter recognition all the way through basic reading skills. The lessons are animated and you can print out worksheets as well. :)



You can also try using different mediums to learn letters as well, such as making them out of string, writing in shaving cream on the table, or painting letters with water on the sidewalk.

Alyssa - posted on 10/12/2010

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My daughter learns the best when she is physically active in what she is doing, I took an old sheet and a black marker and wrote all the letters on it. Then she jumped on each letter as we said the alphabet. She absolutely loves it and wants to play it all the time. I think the most important thing is that they always enjoy learning. Good luck :)

Kristi - posted on 10/07/2010

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I don't know of any websites, but my 4 year old son and I took a different approach. We made flashcards together out of construction paper, two sets of the alphabet. We play different games with them, like match games, guess which letter games, or find the letter .... games. It's fun and encouraging to him. He really enjoyed making the cards, as well as the games we play with them. All it takes is a marker, some construction paper, or just plain paper, and scissors =).

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Renewthewomaninyou - posted on 01/11/2014

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I recommend Leap Frog Letter Factory Video/DVD. It's about a 1/2 hour long. Some libraries carry it. My kids loved it. The movie uses a catchy song that helps kids retain the letters AND the sounds they make. Made learning the alphabet easy and fun.

Casey - posted on 05/27/2013

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my son is 5 years old and he just cant get the hang of reading or writing he know all his colors and how to count but when it come to write his name he CANT he dont even reorganize his ABC or number? Is this ok for a 5year ols who is starting school? i spend Hours at a time helping him and he also goes to school for pre-K and his teacher said he is just not into learning WHAT can i do ??

Susan - posted on 04/03/2013

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I had the same problem so I got really creative and created Alpha Cards: ABC flashcards especially for boys (girls like them too). They have just the right amount of gross mixed with a ton of funny. They made all the difference in helping my son in learning, recognizing and remembering his ABC's. You can check them out at he-is-all-boy.com

Irina - posted on 02/10/2011

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Hi, my son is 4 too. What helped us is I bought the alphabet letters like teachers have in a classroom. Because he sees it everyday he's excited about learning, I got mine at the dollar store a while back, try the teachers section in the store they shouldn't be too expensive. Try pbs.org I found the alphabet in parents section and dinasour train. So type this in on your browser window: www.pbs.org/parents/dinasaurtrain/ Hope that helps :)

Brianna - posted on 02/03/2011

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There are tons of free printables at tlsbooks.com! They're categorized by grade level. =]

starfall.com has a lot of letter and pre-reading games.
pbs.com has some good stuff too.

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Katherine - posted on 02/02/2011

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headstart is preschool right. dont worry about it . kids learn at different paces. With Audrey she is 8 now but before she entered into kindergarten she had to know the alphabet. she had already learned it from this called leap frog- letter factory. you can do flash cards like i had done with Audrey. but dont worry too much. they go to school to learn and she will like everyone else. I have a firend who fretted over this and just stressed he child out and refused to listen or anyting to her. there is also books at walmart for different school levels. preschool, kinder and so on. they work. i do it with my 4 yr old now like i did with Audrey. good luck. there is also nick jr. sorry keep remembering these sites that i went to. seseme street. lots of places. you can try your own games at home. i had to come up with a counting game for my stepson so he could better understand adding when he was in the 1st grade. i would suggest be creative and make it fun and rewarding- stickers like the teacher uses and hang up anything they do reguardless if its right or not. lots of praise.

Pat - posted on 01/07/2011

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When you see words that are important to your child point them out and look at the initial sound and say it, That word McDonalds begins with the letter M and it sounds like 'mmmm'. Look at and point out all your environmental print, shopping for example. You can make snap cards from ceral boxes etc Kellogs, Cadburys, heinz as they are familar everyday words that they are used to seeing. Write a shopping list together with them seeing you writing the words and saying them then read it together when you are in the supermarket and let them find it and match the words to your list and put it in the trolley. My little boy is 4 years old and has a reading age of about 8 and this is how he has learned to read. Hope its helpful x

Judy - posted on 12/29/2010

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i agree with Melissa. starfall.com helped my daughter so much in reading. Now she could read 5 letter words at 4 years old. But for alphabet, she started with Barbara Milne's song..it helped her so much!

Corinne - posted on 12/12/2010

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Sparklebox.com is one that my friend recommended to me. It's also where my M.I.L get stuff for her school lessons.

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Starfall is great. The leapfrog letter factory taught my kids all of their letters and their sounds. My son whom is 4 1/2 can sound out and read small words from that.

Sharon - posted on 11/20/2010

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I have a 4 yr old son also and that is also his problem at school. What I did was I downloaded the font, " ABC Print Dotted LIne" for my Microsoft Word. This way, I can print out dotted letters and have him practice at home.. I hope this helps. Goodluck to us.. I know it can be very frustrating for us not to see them write, but I believe that it is more frustrating for them not being able to do so. We should really be patient and believe that with practice and with right encouragement, they will be able to do it. :)

Heather - posted on 11/16/2010

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My son is also four, I home school him currently. I plan on him going to public school for kindergarten. I am working with him right now on the alphabet, we do three letters a week in order of the alphabet of course. He seems to grasp the three very well, the next week we add three more and work on combining them. I also ordered "your baby can read", hoping this jump starts him in the reading area. Anyway hope this might help. Also most stores have ABC posters you might look around for one of those and hang it up and review it daily? Best of Luck!

Lilliann - posted on 10/28/2010

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Leapfrog has a few great learning DVD 's! I use flashcards and the dollar tree has great learning books

Sharon - posted on 10/20/2010

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your child is only 4 some children are faster at learning than others but my children learned the letterland way each letter has a name a is annie apple c is clever cat and so on u can get books and stories of letterland and dvds it also helps them with writing there letters

Laura - posted on 10/19/2010

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we made our own flash cards to work with my daughter although she knows her ABCs she doesnt know what they all look like mostly just the letters in her name. but once we started with the flash cards it seemed to start clicking in her head more!

Monique - posted on 10/18/2010

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i also do flash cards with my daughter. and we sang songs of the alphabet too.that helps alot.

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We encourage our kids through cd's we hire from the library. We dance and sing along with it. We also made a wall chart with things that are around the house to encourage our kids to know what item goes with what letter. Using this as a bed time story or a song before bed helps them to learn, I also found that the way you teach birds to talk is great for them to learn the alphabet too. Placing a radio/cd player in their room high up playing softly the alphabet songs usually get them to sleep and also encourages learning. It wont work for everyone as every child is different, but it's worth a try.

Andrea - posted on 10/07/2010

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I teach kindergarten and nursery school level. We use two programs both of which are great! One is called Jolly Phonics, and the other is Letterland. Jolly Phonics can be bought at Scholars Choice, or Mastermind, Letterland is a British program that can be ordered on-line.
The premise behind both is based on animated literacy whereby each letter also has an associated character, story and song/poem to go along with it.
Children usually LOVE it and look forward to meeting all the new letters.
Good Luck

Sarah - posted on 10/07/2010

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I found PBS and scholastic websites to have a lot of helpful materials and I am not sure were u live but Dollar stores have huge lamenated posters of the alphabet and numbers my 4 year old daughter loves them.

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