"Teach the alphabetic principle before you teach the alphabet.
Before beginning formal instruction in letter-sounds, show the child how to use her phonemic awareness to identify an alphabet letter by its sound when the letter is linked with an object or picture. Because the child now understands the alphabetic principle (that letters and speech sounds map onto each other), she is prepared to understand, identify, learn and remember the 26 alphabet letter-sounds."
-Randall Klein, reading specialist & Montessori teacherI am a huge fan of Randall Klein, and his reading program. Our school's language curriculum is largely based on his materials and ideas. If you ever get a chance to listen to him speak, you'll leave feeling not only wiser, but truly inspired and ready to teach your child to read. The way he explains language development is straightforward, with an emphasis on quick, fun games you can play with your little one basically anywhere. Visit Randall here.
Here's how we tell the alphabet story:
**singing the letter sounds to the tune of "up on a housetop"
a-a-apple, b-b-bird, c-c-cat, d-d-door, e-e-elephant
f-f-fish, g-g-girl, h-h-house, i-i-igloo, j-j-jet, k-k-kite,
lll-lamp, m-m-moon, n-n-nest, o-o-octopus, p-p-pig
q-q-queen, rrr-rainbow, s-s-sun, t-t-turtle, u-u-umbrella
v-violin, w-w-watch, x-marks the spot, y-y-yo-yo so much fun
z-z-zebra he really can run, we just sang our alphabet song,
next time won't you sing along?For continuity in the beginning, we always associate the same pictures/objects with the letters (for example, "a" is always an apple). As the child becomes more familiar with letters, it's second-nature to associate them with other things that begin with the same sounds.