My kids tell me when they’re ready to learn letters, begin writing, leading to reading. I don’t push, prod, or bribe.
They will learn without me, in spite of me – if I just leave them alone and provide plenty of opportunity and tools.
Letter Recognition Goals
- Letter recognition: shape
- Letter naming: shape association with the name
- Letter sound knowledge: sound corresponding to shape
- Letter writing: trace, form, write the shape
Letter Recognition Activities
- Teach letter names, then sounds.
- Point out letters whenever you see them.
- Label everything.
- Say the names of objects and point to labels.
- Have lots of books and read, Read, READ.
- Letter of the Week themes
- Montessori toys
Letter Games, Tips, and Tools
I find plenty of printables online like matching capital and lowercase letters, holiday and theme letter games, bottle cap signs, alphabet journals, and cube games.
I love, love, love the Montessori tools for letters, reading, and spelling. They’re so child-focused and child-friendly. Sensory exploration comes naturally to kids and the sandpaper letter cards and sand trays along with other fun hands-on tools are great for kids showing interest in letters and reading.
My kids were obsessed with LeapFrog DVDs and they were really cute.