When your child
is able to look at a written letter on a page or hear the sound that a letter
makes when spoken out loud and then identify what that letter is, he has mastered
letter recognition. This is the cornerstone of being able to read and write
and so is obviously an important skill which you should teach your child at
a young age. But how do you go about teaching letter recognition to your child?

The best thing to keep in
mind is that letters are located all around you in the world so you have ample
opportunity every day to use what’s around you to incorporate letter recognition
learning into your child’s life. As you read books with your youngster,
engage in games throughout the day and even take care of regular chores, you
can point out the different letters that are around you, say their name and
specify what sound they make. Your child will pick up on this quickly as you
go along.

In terms of more focused
learning of the letters, you should start with the basics. There’s a reason
that everyone still learns the ABC song as a child and that’s because
it works. The song gets ingrained into the minds of the child and can then be
used in conjunction with letter toys (refrigerator magnets, foam blocks, stencils
on a child’s wall) to reinforce what each letter looks and sounds like.

Play lots of different letter
recognition games with your child to reinforce the learning from all different
directions. Some children will learn better visually and so games which involve
finding and matching letters on a page will be best for them. Other children
learn best by hands-on activity and so the letter recognition games that involve
tracing letters or handling letter-shaped blocks and toys will help those kids
to learn their alphabet more quickly. Children learn in many different ways
and giving them the chance to develop their different learning skills while
learning their letters will make learning to read that much easier.

As your child begins to get
a grasp on his letters and starts to associate them with the sounds that they
each make, you can move on to helping him identify the different items in a
room or on a picture which start with those sounds. This will once again reinforce
the letter recognition skills of the child while simultaneously setting the
stage for beginning to read and spell.


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