In order to help your children master their ABCs, it is really important to spend time practicing the alphabet with them. However, the last thing that you want is to create an atmosphere where your kids feel overwhelmed by the learning process. So, we are going to explore fun and creative ways to help your children learn the alphabet.
First of all, make it fun. The last thing that you want is to dislike learning process. Here are some fun activities:
WRITING IN THE TUB
For example, one of our favorite things to do - and it’s something that you might want to try- was to use shaving cream to write letters in the bathtub after we finished up bath time. I know other parents who have used this idea too and kids really like it. Another approach that I really think is effective is to practice using fun activities that complement their learning style.
MOVING WITH THE LETTERS
For instance, some children might really like doing alphabet cheers. So instead of having your child just recite the alphabet, try adding some movement so that it becomes a cheer or a dance. This is particularly good for kids who have a kinesthetic learning style. Saying the letters and incorporating movement at the same time helps to really impress what they are practicing into the subconscious mind. Another really fun way to help these children learn the alphabet is to use Play-doh to sculpt letters. To your Preschooler and Kindergartener who learns better through a tactile approach, it will seem like play, but you know that this activity is also helping your child to remember the letters of the alphabet.
Now, here’s a great way to help children who tend to learn better with an auditory approach. It’s really a spin on the traditional “alphabet song.” You and your child can sing the alphabet song, record it, and then be sure to save it. You can even upload it to a CD to make it extra special. Then every day you can replay the song for him. He’ll get a kick out of hearing his own voice singing the song. As he listens to it over and over again, he’ll begin to internalize his ABCs and before you know it, he’ll have all the letters of the alphabet memorized.
For the visual learner, a fun activity is to create a handmade alphabet book. You and your child can turn it into a craft project. Grab a book from a craft store that has blank pages in it and place one letter from the alphabet on each page. You can write and draw them or you can be more creative with cutting and pasting, using glitter, or taking any other creative approach that you want to use. Then you and your little one can add pictures of objects and animals that start with each letter. Make it as visually appealing as you can. Then each day, open up the book and recite the ABCs with your child. Because she is a visual learner, she’ll learn more quickly because she sees the letters as she recites them. She’ll probably really enjoy this too.
ALPHABET BOARD GAMES
Alphabet board games are also a fun way to help your child learn the alphabet. Here are a few of those games that look like fun:
Super Why ABC Letter Game
The Wonder Forge Dr. Seuss Super Stretchy ABCs
Scrabble Alphabet Scoop
Repetion is how children learn. The more one practices something, the more they are able to internalize it. It may not be as fun as the other activities, but sometimes it is just needed. The next time you and your child are walking down the street or riding in the car, just throw out some letters, numbers, or other fun facts and ask him to repeat it over and over again. This will help your child really learn the information.
All of these activities can be used with any child, regardless of his learning style. However, research shows that when you teach children using activities that speak to their learning style, then there is better success. So have fun with these ideas as your kids practice skills that will help them grow academically.