Letter recognition is an important first step toward literacy. Children that know the names of letters often have an easier time learning letter sounds, due to the fact that many letter names are closely related to their sounds, which makes learning to read easier. (source) There are many easy ways for you to help your toddler or preschooler with letter recognition.
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Put magnetic letters on your refrigerator
This is one of the easiest ways you can help your child with letter recognition and it’s a great introduction for younger children. Place the letters on your fridge or another magnetic surface and let your child play with them.
Make “alphabet” soup
This is one of my son’s favorite activities and it’s really easy to do. All you have to do is get a large bowl, fill it with water and foam or magnetic alphabet letters.
Dig for letters
Another fun activity that is similar to alphabet soup is to go “digging” for letters. All you need is some letters and some kind of dried food good like oatmeal, pasta, coffee grinds, etc., and a bin to place them in. You can place only letters and have your child name the letters as you dig them out or you can focus on one letter.
There are many alphabet books that you can read with your little one.
Coloring pages or (simple) worksheets
I have been printing free letter pages for my son from teachers pay teachers or making my own. I try to keep them either mostly coloring or something that can be used more as a craft than a “worksheet”.
Choose a letter of the week
You can make a concentrated effort to teach your child letter recognition by focusing on a letter of the week. It doesn’t have to be complicated, you can choose a letter and use the activities above to help your toddler or preschooler learn the alphabet letter by letter.
Teaching your child letter recognition doesn’t have to be hard, the main thing is to be intentional about pointing out and naming letters with your child. There’s no need for flash cards or forced memorization, they’re like sponges at this age!
This post is part of the 31 Days of Kindergarten Readiness series.
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