First of all, to help with future reading, it’s a lot easier to learn letters as phonetic sounds, as opposed to as letter names.  Secondly, you need to figure out if your child learns better by hearing, by making things or while moving. Or maybe he or she learns in another special way? Once you know your child’s learning preferences, you’d be able to better teach them. My son loves to be in motion. He also learns through feeling: he likes to literally touch what he is learning. This means that we learn on the go and we learn while building things that we can touch. We walk and sing a “letter song, while we are walking.  We build garages for his toy cars in shape of a letter “G”  for “garage.” Sometimes it’s letter “B” -“big garage.”

Here are some of my suggestions.  Feel free to comment with yours:

1. Write letters on index cards and hide those all over the house. When your child finds a card, ask: “What letter is this?” and, “Which word starts with this letter?”

2. Make letters out of play dough together. Make letters out of paper. Make letter out of bread. Cut letters out of vegetables. Making letters is better for kiniesthetic children, that learn better by doing. I have one of these, so we make a lot of letters!

3. Create a special song for each letter and sing it throughout the day. Like:  “A is an Apple, B is a Boy.” You can group two-three letters into each song. Melody is wonderful for getting things into the brain. I credit my knowledge of English to American songs: they really helped me learn the language (I also speak Russian, Hebrew and French.)

4. Create something that helps your child to associate a particular letter with the particular object. Take “W,” for example. Yesterday we made a pretty W by cutting it out of green and red papers, sticking those on top of each other and saying that “W is a watermelon.”
You can take a cucumber and cut a nice “C” on it’s skin with a knife.

5. Make sure you learn letters every day at a set time. If you make the process fun, your child will eagerly anticipate both the ritual and the lesson.

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