Can you give me suggestions on how to get my 4 year old to recognize the alphabet? Games, activities, would be greatly appreciated.
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Cullen - posted on 12/04/2008
Hi, I just posted a response to your question about teaching letter recognition to your child. I put a bunch of video links in but they didn't post. If you would like the links please send me an email.
Cullen - posted on 12/04/2008
***I have a video series on each letter of the alphabet...here is the website.
***Also here is another fun way to write letters...here is the link to this videolll
***You can also lay out a thin layer of sand onto a tray and write a letter in the sand and your child can tell you what letter it is.
***Another idea is to write letters on pieces of paper and hide them in the house...have your child go and look for the letters and then you can put them in order and talk about what each letter is.
***Here is another video idea for you
Hope these help,
Heather, I was going to suggest Leap Frog Letter Factory! My son is two and not only recognizes the letters, but gives the phonic sound as well. A teacher friend of mine says that's more important than saying "B", but saying "Buh" when you see it (cornerstone for reading). I know it's a movie which some don't agree with, but Leap Frog Letter Factory has taught my son his letters AND phonics!
Samantha - posted on 12/03/2008
I taught my kids to recognize, say and write their letters buy concentrating on one letter a week, big and little. we would say them each day (and keep saying all as we went on) and did activities and worksheets with each letter each day. but the repatetion of saying them every day really helps! we just add a new letter each week. we would do a color sheet, paint it, glue things to that letter, anything! I loved it. we also learned the sign to each letter and by the time we finished the aphabet they knew them all!! now it make take a few weeks to get it, so by the time we got to like d, they would finally be getting a and b real good.
Sarah - posted on 12/03/2008
Hooked on Phonics is awesome, and not very expensive. You can get it at Wal-Mart, or online. My son is 4 1/2 and we started using it last year. He went to pre-school this year at a middle-kindergarten reading level, so..."hooked on phonics worked for us!"
www.starfall.com is great too (and free).
Corrie - posted on 12/02/2008
We got an Alphabet chart from somewhere and I hung it up at eye level in my daughter's room. We would talk about it when we played, got her dressed, or while changing her diaper. She knew all her letters before she was two. I think it was just because of the repetition because we would just point them out where ever we were, even on billboards when we were driving. Starfall and Leapfrog are also great too, both of those helped us teach our daughter to read.
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