The A-Z of Learning Letters. 90+ ways to teach your child all about Letters.

Aug 15, 2012

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Letters are everywhere! It's no wonder that often long before children start school they will start talking about, noticing and questioning about letters.

The A-Z of Learning Letters. 90+ ways to teach your child all about Letters! Hands-on fun compiled by an Early Years Teacher.

For parents, it can sometimes be hard to know when is the best time to start teaching your child about letters and how to go about it?

When to start "teaching" your child about letters?
I believe that Children need to be exposed to letters, through reading books with their parents, from birth. The entirety of their lives should be filled with books, words and text and learning about letters should be as much a part of everyday life as brushing your teeth.

Children will be learning about letters long before you intentionally set up activities or expose them to any explicit or purposeful teaching of letters.

You should know when your child is ready to start learning more about letters by them showing interest. Asking what a letter is, what sound a letter makes, what a word says, pointing out letters, recognising particular letters, attempting to write etc. are all signs that your child might be ready to learn more about letters.

How do I teach my child about Letters?
There are so many different "methods" and "programs" out there on the *best* way to teach Children the letters. Let's face it though, each child will learn and respond differently. Some will pick it up very quickly with minimum exposure and others will need multiple exposures before they have consolidated the learning.

At around the age of 5-6 most children will be attending/completing a more formal schooling where they will more than likely be taught about letters (recognising them, naming them, their sounds, their shapes, their blends, writing them, building words etc). Therefore, your job before this time is recognising their interests and readiness and providing FUN and ENGAGING ways for your child to learn more about letters. I believe that forcing learning at this stage will only lead to your child resenting learning. 

  • Starting with the first letter/letters in their Name can be a good beginning point as your child will often be the most interested in knowing that. Having them recognise their own name is also a handy skill!
  • Letters that have only one sound (eg M, F, S etc) can also be easier for your child to learn about.
  • Adding in knowledge about vowels (a, e, i, o, u) early on can be useful as well as you require these letters for word building.

Above all, make it FUN and don't force it.

Here are "90+ FUN Activities to Help your Child Learn Everything there is to know about Letters"

Alphabet Order Game [Learn with Play]
Actions for Early Literacy [Playdough to Plato]
Alphabet Soup [Malimoo] 
Alphabet Boxes DIY [Smiling like Sunshine]
Bottle Caps ABCs [Boy Mama Teacher Mama] 
Alphabet Bath learning [Momma Fun World]
Alphabet Ball [Playdough to Plato]
Sensory Word Building Blocks [Critters and Crayons]
Monster Box Phonics [The Iowa Farmer's Wife]
ABC Cup Hunt [Playdough to Plato]
Alphabet Cookies [Red Ted Art]
Coloured Salt Letter Writing [The Imagination Tree]
Candy Cane Letters Printable [The Activity Mom]

DIY Salt Tray for Beginning Writers [In Lieu of Preschool]
Digging up the Letters of our Name [Teach Preschool]
Salt Dough Initials [The Imagination Tree]
Decorating Cupcakes with Literacy Skills [Learn with Play at home]
Dr Seuss ABC Book [Preschool Book Club]
Egg Drop Alphabet Soup [No Twiddle Twaddle]
Easy Letter Reversal Solution [Come Together Kids]

Foam Alphabet Painting [Mommas Fun World]
Find and Match Alphabet [The Activity Mom]
Fine Motor Letter Recognition [Rainbows Within Reach]
First Letter Sounds Activity [Crayon Freckles]
Freight Train Letter Practice [Inspiration Laboratories]
Alphabet Goo [Learn with Play at home]
Giant Chalk Letters on Fence [JDaniel4's Mom]
Gross Motor Letters [3 Dinosaurs]
Glitter Letters [Mommy with Selective Memory]
Handprint Alphabet [Red Ted Art]
Hopscotch Name Spelling Game [In Lieu of Preschool]
Hunt and Match Alphabet [Reading Confetti]
Hand Stamps. Letter of the Day [In Lieu of Preschool]

Ice Letter Hunt [Reading Confetti]
Playdough Letter Impressions [The Imagination Tree]
Alphabet Identification Game [Kids Activities Blog]
Letter Identification Fun [Lovely Little Bookworms]
Jumping Alphabet Mat Game [Mama Peapod]
Letter Jars [Fun in the Making]
Letter Writing in Salt [Learn with Play at home]
Light Bright Letters [Growing a Jeweled Rose]
Writing Large Letters  [Playdough to Plato]
List of Alphabet Books [My Little Bookcase]
Letter Matching [Creative Playhouse]
Milk Caps Spelling [Crayon Freckles]
Alphabet Matching Centre [Mommas Fun World]
Mosaic Board Letters [In Lieu of Preschool]
Magnetic Letter Painting [Growing a Jeweled Rose]
ABC Mat Game [Hands on as we Grow]
Noisy Letter Jump Phonics Game [The Imagination Tree]
Fun Name Spelling Ideas [Playdough to Plato]
Outdoor Sound Sort [Playdough to Plato]
Outside Alphabet Game [My Little Bookcase]
Alphabet Olympics [Playdough to Plato]


Phonics Seeking Game [A Little Learning for two]
Playdough Letter Printing [Playdough to Plato]
Alphabet Parking Lot. Letter Identification [Crayon Freckles]
Push Light Letter Learning [A Little Learning for two]

Quite a lot of Alphabet Printables! [3 Dinosaurs]
Quick Letter Puzzle [The Activity Mom]
Rice Play. Find the Hidden Letters [Learn with Play at home]
Reading Race! [Playdough to Plato]
Alphabet Reverse Stencils [Mama Pea Pod]
Read My Mind Letter Game [Playdough to Plato]
Alphabet Rocks [The Activity Mom]
Letter Sounds Spray [Train up a Child]
Dr Seuss ABC [Train up a Child]
Sticker Chart Alphabet [In Lieu of Preschool]
Sensory Style Alphabet Learning [Growing a Jeweled Rose]
Letter Scavenger Hunt [Hands on as we Grow]
Sorting Letters [Glittering Muffins]
Alphabet Tree (Chicka Chicka Boom Boom) [Mommas Fun World]
Letter Treasure Maps [Reading Confetti]
Teaching your child the Alphabet [Boy Mama Teacher Mama]
Train Set Letter Play [Inspiration Laboratories]
Upper case and Lower case Letters [The Activity Mom] 
Uncover Whiteboard Marker Covered Letters [A Little Learning for two]
Using your Body to make Letters [The Activity Mom]
Writing with Water on the Chalkboard [Learn with Play at home]
Letter of the Week [Teach Preschool] 
25 Ways to get your child ready to Write [In Lieu of Preschool]
Writing in Salt [Teach Preschool]
EXploring with Letters [The Activity Mom]
A Year Long Study of the Alphabet [Teach Preschool]
Yarn Letters on Sandpaper [JDaniel4's Mom]
Funny Youtube Alphabet Song [DJC Kids Media]
Letter Z Song [Kiboomu Kids Songs]
The ABCs Zoo online Learning Game [Fisher Price]
Zoo Animals Alphabet Video [Christie Abbott1]



I hope you found a great activity (or 2, or 3...) to help your child learn their letters.

If you have any more Letter Learning posts that you would like to share with us, you're welcome to leave them in the comments.


Happy playing and learning,
Debs :)




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45 comments:

  1. This is a great post with so many great resources!! Thanks for sharing!

    Tammy

    1...2...3...Teach With Me
    Dots of Fun! Clip Art

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  2. Wow Deborah! The presentation is very creative! I've got P is for Pasta Letter Hunt http://littlemomentstoembrace.blogspot.com/2012/06/pasta-letter-hunt.html

    and

    S is for Scrabbling your letters! http://littlemomentstoembrace.blogspot.com/2012/07/scrabble-your-letters.html

    This list is great by the way!

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    1. Thanks Heather. I will add these to the list when I next have a chance to update. :)

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  3. incredible job! I will use it with my two boys

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  4. You did an awesome job!!! I love this post. Thanks for sharing some of our ideas as well. (Momma's Fun World)

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  5. Oh - this is wonderful. And I love all the bright colorful letters - so fun!

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  6. Seriously wonderful list Deborah! Pinning and sharing on FB. :)

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  7. This post is amazing! And just what I need at the moment. My just turned 2yo can spell her name and also spell Mummy.. I really want to start extending this interest and help her learn more and more! She's super keen and has a brilliant memory so your post has me inspired! :) Thanks, I've pinned this!

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  8. Fantastic list, thanks for including us. I've found some great ideas here and will be pinning for further reference! :D

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  9. This is brilliant Deb! It will take me a while to go through this list with Miss Possum but I think she'll love all of the ideas. She loves letters!

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  10. This is truly an incredible collection of ideas and your presentation is absolutely gorgeous! It is art! Thanks for including Boy Mama Teacher Mama!!

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  11. Fantastic resource and thank you so much for sharing - couldn't have come at a better time!

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  12. This is such an AMAZING resources - so many wonderful ideas =) I love the Seuss inspired font you used =-)

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  13. Wow! What a fantastic round up! You did an amazing job and it looks so nice too! Thank you for including our Handprint Alphabet!!

    Maggy

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  14. Love it! Thanks for sharing some of our posts, too! :)

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  15. What an amazing round up. I absolutely love how you formatted it with the letters on the side! Thank you so much for including me. : )

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  16. Brilliant post!Thanks for including our Alphabet Boxes.

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  17. Wow! What a round up. We do a lot with letters here at home, and one night in bed my toddler said, "Mommy. I love letters." Here's a few of our favorite letter activities: http://jennifischer.blogspot.com/2012/06/alphabet-sensory-bin-early-literacy.html, http://jennifischer.blogspot.com/2012/03/happy-accidents-learning-with-letters.html, http://jennifischer.blogspot.com/2012/04/ten-for-tuesday-creative-uses-for-those.html and http://jennifischer.blogspot.com/2012/07/summer-virtual-book-club-aubrey-wood.html

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  18. Thanks for listing 3 Dinosaurs! I'm so excited to try a few of these out.

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  19. I love the way you put this post together. It is so well done! Thank you for including a couple of my posts.

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  20. Great post! And well done for writing it again, phew! Thanks for the links

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  21. I am in awe of this list! What a great job you've done! Thanks for including us.

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  22. could you please contact me on
    justjessie001@Gmail.com ??
    I have a few questions to ask.
    Thankyou :)

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  23. This is a great list. I saw it on Pinterest. I will use this with our four 21 month-old toddlers. Please link this post to Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3. The linky is now open through midnight PST tomorrow night (or will re-open each Wednesday). I hope to see you there.

    : 0 ) Theresa
    http://www.multiples-mom.com

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  24. Thank you for featuring our sensory word building blocks- what an amazing round-up and so much work! Wow- this will help a lot of people!

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  25. INcredible! What a fantastic post, thank you for including some of our letter learning activities in there too. Book marking this one!

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  26. Wow, what a lot of work!
    Thanks for the resources, I'm impressed you made it all the way from A to Z without missing a one :)

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  27. Wow,you have been busy! An awesome resource, I love how you set it out.

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  28. I love how you organized this post by the alphabet! What a great resource. :)

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  29. Wow.. what an awesome list. So glad that I came across your site today. New follower.

    Jen
    Creative and Curious Kids!
    http://raisingcreativeandcuriouskids.blogspot.com

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  30. I've been teaching for 10 years and came across your post on Pinterest. Thanks for organising this list - there were lots of great reminders as well as some new ideas that I had never considered before. I'm going to be using lots of them when our school year starts again in January.

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    1. Thank you! That's the exact reason I created this list. When I go back to work... it'll be my letter learning bible :)

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  31. Good job on a fantastic list of resources!

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  32. What an awesome collection of alphabet activities! Pinning and sharing on Playdough to Plato's Facebook page tomorrow. Thanks!

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  33. Wow what an amazing list. Thank you! Saw it on It's Playtime Linky.

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  34. Thank you for sharing! What a wonderful blog.
    I pinned this to my alphabet board. :-)
    I have a crative teaching site too.
    1000's of craftivities, lessons, tips, arts & crafts etc.
    Everything's FREE.
    Hope you get a moment to pop on by: http://www.teachwithme.com/

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    1. I've pinned plenty from your site before Diane :) Thanks for your comment.

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  35. This post is such a wonderful resource. I hope you don't mind that I linked to it and some of your other fabulous alphabet posts in my Top 10 Ways to Remember the ABCs post today.

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    1. Not at all Shaunna. Thanks for letting me know :)

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  36. This is such a great post! Would love to you to link up here: http://thisreadingmama.com/2013/10/01/26-ways-learn-the-abcs-a-to-z/

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  37. Thanks on this article, I really like the way you laid all the information. It is well written and very informative !

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  38. I included this article as a link in my syndicated column Techlife - "Shortcut Keys Rhymes with ABCs". You nailed the idea of learning letters and the value of how it shapes education. The online version is live now and it goes to print in mid-June 2014. Thanks for providing such an in depth article. http://bit.ly/1nHOmpA

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