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Recently our youngest son Nuh completed learning the letter names and sounds and has now begun blending sounds into words. My children have very different personalities and although the program I am using is the same, along the way I have had to adjust certain things. Nuh is the type of child who requires entertaining, more so than his brother, so these are some of the methods I came up with for him when learning/reviewing letters and their sounds.
- Print the alphabet onto a grid on A4 paper, and cut out each letter. Fold up the pieces of paper and place all the letters that the child has been taught in a large jar or a box. Have your child close their eyes, place their hand in and pick one out, then tell you the name/sound. If the child is correct then you place the paper onto one side and if they are wrong, correct him/her then place the paper back in the jar or box until they complete all letters.
- Lay alphabet cards in a line on the floor. Ask your child to stand in front of the cards and call out a letter for your child to bring to you. Repeat until all the letters have been done. This game works especially well with two children as they will race with each other and see who can get more. To begin with place the letters in alphabetical order, however once the child gets the hang of it, shuffle up the letter order.
- Place all the alphabet cards that the child has learnt in a stack facing down and shuffle them. Have the child pull out one card at a time, and tell you the name of the letter. If he/she gets it right then the child keeps the card. If they are wrong then the card goes back in the stack of cards.
We always began our lessons with a review to solidify what was previously learnt and then moved on to learn new letters or sounds. Sometimes we would learn one letter a day, other times two, on some occasions three. It all depended upon my son. These are some of the ways that my son enjoyed learning the alphabet. If you played other games with your children to help them learn the alphabet, please share this with us so that others can benefit.