In Kindergarten we teach and then review every one of the 26 alphabet letters every day. We say every letter, every day. Some philosophies on teaching the letters and sounds revolve around learning a letter a week. However, if you don’t learn the letter M,m until after January it makes it difficult to begin to write words with all sounds if you haven’t been taught all of the letter sounds. We ask parents to review all 26 letters and sounds at least once a day at home with their child. All you need for this method is a pack of alphabet letter flash cards. We keep our letter flash cards in order for the first nine weeks of school, so the review would go like this, Letter name, then name of picture that begins with that letter, and finally the alphabet sound itself.
A, apple, a, b, boy, b.
Children will learn their letters and sounds when they are developmentally ready. No amount of drilling from the parents or teachers will make it happen before its time, but the key is to your child being ready for reading and writing, is for us to provide the foundations that are needed. Even if your child knows all of the letters by looking at them and naming them, learning the letter sounds and then being able to use the sounds in phonetic writing is the next stage of development. It all starts with 26 little letters. Start working with your child now to reinforce what is being taught in Kindergarten; all you need are 26 alphabet letter flash cards.
Re-posted from 2009