Even though I made the first set of alphabet learning materials for Noah last year, he still hasn’t finished working on all the letters yet. We’re taking our time to work through all 26 letters of the alphabet, as I want to make it fun for him.
PS: It really bugs me when people use the word ‘alphabets’ instead of ‘letters’, so for the record, the alphabet is made up of 26 letters, ie A to Z. If you’re referring to a particular letter, such as A or B, you should say, ‘the letter A’ or ‘the letter B’, NOT ‘the alphabet A’ or ‘the alphabet B’. The words ‘letter’ and ‘alphabet’ are not synonyms, and therefore, aren’t interchangeable, okay?
A friend shared with me that it would be more effective getting young children to trace the shapes of the letters with their fingers, and to use different textures such as sandpaper or corrugated foam to make these letters. I personally prefer corrugated foam to sandpaper, as I find the latter too rough, even for myself, so I’ve been using corrugated foam (I buy mine from Popular) instead.
Two different types of corrugated foam
Letters made with construction paper
Place the letters the other way round when tracing them on the back of the corrugated foam
Currently, I put the corrugated foam letters up on my 3M Post-it® Cut-to-Fit Display Board, so that Noah can use his fingers to trace the shape of the letters, and in so doing, learn how to write the letters.
Tracing the letters with his finger
Learning to trace the letters of his name
Next, Noah will work on matching the pictures and words, on his mini 3M Post-it® Cut-to-Fit Display Board. As he is still unable to read, I’ll read the words out to him, so that he can match them to the pictures. (Print the learning materials from my Homeschooling Fun: Learning the Alphabet Part 1 post here.)
Matching the words to the pictures
I then print out some of the pictures from my Homeschooling Fun: Learning the Alphabet Part 1 post, so that he can paste them together with the corresponding letters. Using the glue stick is a practical life skill, so I try not to help him with it. Noah likes scribbling on the pictures and letters after he’s done pasting them, so I provide him with some coloured pencils and crayons to do so. Sometimes, I’ll give him the LeapFrog Letter Factory Phonics
Listening to the sound that ‘F’ makes
I also recently purchased some Do A Dot Art Markers
this website with free Do-a-Dot alphabet printable worksheets, as well as this website with various Do-a-Dot printable pictures, and have been printing them for Noah to work on. If you don’t have the markers, you can still use them with coloured pencils or crayons.
Proud of his work
Some other resources that I’ve found useful so far are the Letterland Alphabet Songs CD, Handwriting Songs CD, and Action Songs CD. I love the Letterland series, and will probably do a Friday Flips post on the Letterland books soon, so do look out for that!
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