How you can teach English alphabets to nursery children?
English alphabets are the foundation of virtually everything your child would learn in school like reading, solving math numerical, science, geography, colours and much more. It all begins with 26 letters of the English that must be taught to a child before he masters reading. Start the lessons early so that children get a chance to learn more or else adjusting them to the first school year from the nursery would be difficult.
By the time a child is three years old, he’s capable to recognise letters of the alphabet however many don’t grasp them completely till they reach four or five years of age. No doubt memorising the alphabet is an important skill; know that complete understanding and mastery takes time so you should not be hasty with the child as each has different learning capability. If you try to push or exert pressure on the child, it can seriously hamper their personality.
Read out aloud:
Reading helps a child to recognise letter and learn how to communicate better before he could even hold his head up straight! For teachers and parents, they need to adjust their reading/teaching style as per the child’s age. Reading also allows identifying certain skills and interests in children so you can mould each accordingly. A three-year old for instance; is capable to recognise and speak the first letter his name starts with whereas children of age four or five may clearly sound out simple words and make themselves heard.
Sing the alphabet songs:
Singing nursery rhymes and songs is far effective when teaching alphabets is concerned. Besides the usual “ABC” jingle, come up with some creative ideas and write-up your own alphabet songs; make sure they sound age specific or children will have difficulty to understand the meaning. Sing a song that helps a child to spell his name, common items in the house or name of his sibling so on.
Play the word game:
Games aren’t just for fun but they teach letters and alphabets a child fails to recognise in handwriting or book. You can try playing online “ABC” video games that must be age-appropriate. Explain the rules to the child and play alongside to enhance the learning experience. Alphabet stickers and colouring books will familiarise the children with basic letters in a fun and rather non-threatening way. Scrabble; though a game for big kids but best to teach letters and how they can form different sentences.
Once a child starts recognising most of the letters, it’s time to teach specific sounds they make. While reading the book, emphasise on sounding out different words to help children detect sounds such as the C, A and T is for CAT! Now, ask them to identify first or all letter in the word “DOG”. This requires lots of patience but it’ll work perfectly in the end!
Arts & crafts:
Give the children variety of art supplies and work along to create a special project. Draw or paint a picture that starts with a particular letter like butterfly with the letter “B”. If your three-year old is learning the letter “H”, draw out a small bird house or show him images of real homes. Building blocks are all-time favorite learning tools so you can buy a pair having letters and images printed on them from the bookshop.
Another great tool to teach the children letters! You can hang flashcards around specific objects based on the first alphabet like for “D”; place it on the doorknob and more. Do read the cards out loud for sound recognition!
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