Letter knowledge is discovering that letters are different from each other, knowing the names and sounds of letters, and recognizing that letters are everywhere.
Why is this important?
Research shows that before children learn to read, they need to easily recognize letters and be able to name the letters of the alphabet. The more experiences young children have with looking at, talking about and drawing letters, the better prepared they are to learn to read.
What can you do?
- Share a variety of alphabet books.
- Talk about the letters in your child’s name.
- Point out and name letters in places other than books — such as on food labels.
- Do sorting activities with objects by color, shape or size.
- Use magnetic letters, crayons, markers, chalkboards or rolled-out play dough to spell out your child’s name.
- Draw letters and pictures in the sand and use sidewalk chalk.
- Play with ABC puzzles that show pictures with matching letters.
Which books are best?
Choose from a wide variety of picture books featuring the alphabet with creative designs and eye-catching illustrations. Point out the letters and the words and talk about their sounds and shapes. Look at the pictures and talk about how they match with the letters.
Books to share:
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
- Dr. Seuss’s ABC by Dr. Suess
- Eating the Alphabet:Fruits and Vegetables from A-Z by Lois Elhert
- Count! by Denise Fleming
- Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester
This information was shared from Kent District Library, Comstock Park ,MI.
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Last updated: March 28, 2016