Learning the abc's
Teaching the abc's can be simple. Using books, flashcards and a good phonics curriculum can help. Make it fun! Kids love learning and will enjoy learning when all the senses are involved.
You can teach a letter a day and then look for things that start with that letter. For example, the letter A. Eat apples for lunch, cut out pictures of ants, anteaters, alligators, or airplanes.
But most of enjoy the learning process!
I agree that making it FUN is imperative for preschoolers. Yet with the pressures of kindergarten requirements rising, the preschooler is now having to learn by rote memorization, and testing as well.
This is not developmentally ready for such.
We, as educators, can make learning the ABC's exciting by hands-on learning. As suggested above cutting an apple talking about the letter A and the sound, yet they are exploring the texture taste and feel of that apple also therefore cementing the moment in their brain.
Creating teachable moments through play is highly suggested. The children do not even know that they are learning their three R's when presented with these type of learning environments. Yet the file this information for later use.
Samples of teachable moments: one; exploration tables wrapped around the letter you are wanting the child to learn. Have objects that start with that letter emphasize the sound when you are listening to the child/children exploring. Engage in their vocabulary have wipe off boards there as well to encourage their own writing. (remember that it may not be ledgeable (scribbles) Shaving cream to practice the shape of the letter. Hands on environments make learning fun and rewarding for the children and the teacher.
MKS of California
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After your child has become proficient in the Alphabet would be apt to teach them some vocabulary
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