2 Replies Latest reply: Feb 24, 2011 2:26 PM by eburton RSS

Teaching the abc's

eburton New User
Currently Being Moderated

How do you teach the abc’s?

Sing It- The abc song is infectious.

Put a new beat on an old favorite to get your child laughing and engaged.

Have your child help you come up with a new tune to the old favorite or have fun teaching your child with the suggestions below.

  • Sing it slow
  • Sing it fast
  • Sing it with a hand movement
  • Sing it with a dance
  • Sing it in unison
  • Sing it loud
  • Sing it softly

Books- There are some great abc books out there. The Wrigley Field from A to Z book is one of my son’s favorite, being from Chicago and a CUBS fan. He loves to read it while we sing the abc song.

Here are two other favorites we enjoy to learn the letters in the alphabet.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Dr. Seuss's ABCs

Letter of the week- Your whole family can get involved in creating meals, decorations, songs, and games.

  • Most importantly create a      letter of the week book.
  • Have your child create a book      representing artifacts he/she chooses representative of the letter of the      week.
  • You do not have to buy things      for this activity. It is better to use what you have around the house to      show your child that reading and letters are around them all the time and      not special additions.
  • Read the letter of the week      books from prior weeks to reinforce the letters learned. Connecting      letters to the meaningful experiences your child has had with them will      help them retain their newly acquired knowledge.

Read- Daily reading leads to academic achievement

  • Read to your child every day.
  • Encourage your child to read      to you even if he/she is telling the story through the illustrations or a      book they have memorized.
  • Have your child finish      sentences, point to letters, and share the sounds letters make in words.

Got alphabet ideas? We want to hear them! Please share your ideas for teaching the alphabet with us. The more we share the more we learn.

  • Teaching the abc's
    dlsutfin New User
    Currently Being Moderated

    I teach in a computer lab and have Kindergarten, First, and Second grade students. I use www.starfall.com to teach the ABC's. It is a wonderful site that the students can explore on their own. There is one section that has the letters in it. They click on that section and stay there. They can click on any letter that they want. The letter comes up and tells the sound and shows pictures of things that start with that letter. They click on whatever sparkles and that sets the page in motion. It is fun and the students really do learn their letters and sounds.


    Diana Sutfin

    • Teaching the abc's
      eburton New User
      Currently Being Moderated


      Starfall is a great resource. My only trepidation with Starfall is that children begin to associate reading with words only instead of meaningful connections and discussions as would occur when a child works through reading skills with a parent. I like Starfall as a resource but believe parent interaction in the process is key to a commitment to reading.

      Erika Burton, Ph.D.
      Stepping Stones Together, Founder

      Empowering parent involvement in beginning literacy skills


More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...


  • Correct Answers - 4 points
  • Helpful Answers - 2 points