Everyone knows the alphabet song. But does your child really know the names of the letters?

They need to know more than the alphabet song. To be able to read words, they need to know the letters out of order. Here are some ideas to help you help your child learn letters.

Read, reread and reread ANY alphabet book with your child.

Movement helps your child retain information. There's a wonderful video of Chick Chick Boom Boom, by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault, with music by Ray Charles, that makes me dance every time I see it! Use your body to form the letters of the alphabet.

Have your child write and say the letters in whipped or shaving cream, half-set jello, salt or sugar, and in the air. Cut letters from sandpaper and have your child trace them with his or her finger.

Talk to your child's kindergarten and preschool teachers. Believe me, they have a thousand ways to help your child learn the letters.

Follow this link to a GREAT website your child can do alone:

Last modified: Friday, 17 August 2012, 4:48 PM