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The following article about the developmentally appropriate ways to teach letters was written by child care provider guest poster Sheena Wheeler of Building Blocks Family Childcare.
Literacy development is an important part of early childhood education. I often hear early childhood educators inquire about the best way to teach young children how to identify letters and the sounds they make, and in which order it is best to teach letters in.
Approaches to teaching letters
One approach to teaching letters is the “Letter of the Week” approach. Letter of the Week instruction involves focusing on teaching children one letter at a time over the course of the school-year, with the last few weeks typically being a review. The letters may be taught in alphabetical order or in another sequence that the teacher or curriculum direct. The teacher introduces activities which relate to the letter of the week and the sound (or phoneme) the letter makes. Activities might include using flashcards, worksheets, arts and crafts that are associated with that letter (such as assembling a paper alligator for the letter “A”), and snacks related to the letter of the week.
This approach is not developmentally appropriate, nor is it an effective way to teach children letters. This method introduces letters in isolation and subsequently, the letters hold little meaning to children. Without connecting the letters to individual interests, children are less likely to retain the information and more likely to become bored or frustrated.
So what IS appropriate?
Once your preschooler or kindergartner has mastered letter names and phonemes they are ready to start blending phonemes! CVC words help children to start blending the sounds letters make to sound out simple words.
My Learning CVC Words: Read and Clip activity pack is a fun pay to practice this skill. You choose which syllable sounds to work on and which pages to print. Then simply laminate and add a clothespin or marker of your choice.
When introducing this activity be sure to allow time to model and work through the words with your child so they can grasp the concept.
This activity can be used for children as young as 4-years-old, however, some children may not be ready for blending letters until age 6. Follow the child's lead, if they are interested in reading and can identify all the letters as well as their phonemes, they are likely ready for this activity.
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