ABC Games is based on the following hypothesis: In order for children to be able to recognize letters, they need to be exposed to them. Just like a child learns to talk because they hear the oral language from birth, children learn to read by seeing the written language.
Here are five simple ways to help you child begin tp recognize the ABCs:
Once your child can recognize the first letter in their name, move to another letter in their name. Continue exploring letters in the names of other family members while playing ABC games.
Letter of the week
Introduce new letters based on meaningful events that are occurring in your life that week.
e.g B - Birthday, C- Christmas, H - Halloween, and so on.
Follow the five steps above with each letter.
You can take this activity a step further by creating a Letter Scapbook. I would only make this scrapbook with children that enjoy coloring, cutting, and gluing. Other children will find this labour intensive and not enjoyable.
This is an easy game that can be played anytime and anywhere. There are many variations to this game and here are a few:
Go on a letter hunt at home, while you are in traffic, while reading a book, wherever. Take it a step further and cut out the letters that you find. When Eytan first learned the letter E (for his name of course!), he spotted it everywhere. I took his excitement and enthusiasm to learn to the next step by sitting with him and cutting out the letter E from the newspaper. He was working on letter recognition and fine motor skills (which he needed), and he didn't even see it at work! It was all play and fun for him.d
Sorts of Fonts!
Collect the letters in different fonts, from either magazines or simply print them out from your computer. Play a sorting game with your child. Teach them that each letter comes in a variety of fonts. This game is great for children who are picture smart!
The Missing Letter
Sing the ABC song and keeping with the tune 'forget' to say one letter. Ask your child which letter was missing? This is great for musical children!
Letter Match Up
Originally I bought a wall banner from the Dollar Store for the letter that I was going to hang on his wall, but then I thought it would be more fun for Eytan to match them up himself. At first he matched letters to one another, then he would match the letters to the right pictures.
Mixed up ABC game
Place cards or wooden blocks of the alphabet back in the right order. Using the blocks is a great way to encourage the kinesthetic learner. How about making a tower?
Use masking tape in a variety of ways: shape the letter on the floor and have your child walk on it, or tape the shape of the letter on a placemat and have your child shape the letter with play-dough or plastesine over it.