How to Teach Letter Recognition
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Teaching Letter Recognition
If you have ever wondered how to teach letter recognition, you are not alone. Teaching the names (or sounds) of all the letters, upper and lowercase, can be daunting. It seems like a monumental task, especially considering the attention span of young children.
The good news is that we are going to orient you for success. You’ll know what to teach, when to teach it, and how to teach it. It’s easier than you think.
What Is Letter Recognition?
Letter recognition is just what the name implies; it is the ability to recognize each letter by sight, both upper and lowercase. Some prefer to teach the names of the letters first and then the sounds; others prefer to teach the sounds first. Whichever method you choose, the first step is teaching the child to recognize the letter.
When Do You Teach Letter Recognition?
To a young child, a letter is an object, not a symbol. Just as a child learns to say “apple” when you hold up an apple (or a picture of an apple), your child can learn to say “A” when you hold up a three-dimensional letter or a letter flashcard.
You can begin teaching letter recognition as soon as the child can speak well enough to name the objects around him. These aren’t formal lessons, so you can begin quite young. In the preschool years, play is practice and practice is play. If your child puts together a puzzle of animals or construction vehicles, he can just as easily put together an alphabet puzzle. He is learning by playing.
source: MAMA Teaches
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