How to Incorporate the ABC's, and Understanding When It's Time to Put the Activity Down
Incorporating the ABC's everywhere can really help your preschooler gain awareness of what the letters of the alphabet look like. I like to sneak the alphabet into different games, place throughout our home, and continue to show my preschooler letters using environmental print.
Why Begin Letter Recognition Early?
By Kindergarten, children will be asked to recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
Begin building your preschooler's confidence NOW so they can enter ready for the big transition of Kindergarten!
Also, Don't Forget About Improving Fine Motor Skills!
This activity also helps strengthen your preschooler's fine motor grip when peeling off the stickers. Strengthening these small muscles now, will help them down road for activities such as writing, drawing and cutting.
This letter recognition game has a very simple set up.
- Draw a web on kraft paper.
- Randomly place the letters of the alphabet throughout the web.
- Allow your preschooler to match the alphabet stickers with the letters on the web.
Remember, your handwriting matters.
Here, Grey was convinced this was a 4. My intention was to write an upper- and lowercase Ll. I can see his confusion! Keep your handwriting as legible as possible and try to stick with standard fonts.
Know When to Call it Quits.
My philosophy is to never rush learning or make it unpleasant. Preschoolers have a very obvious "I'm finished" signal that we should pay attention to. Allow your preschooler to explore learning when they show interest.
Here is where we stopped. And guess what? Later that night, my preschooler jumped right back in to search for some more letters. - ON HIS OWN.