ABCD For Kids
Starting to teach ABCD to your child is an important milestone. An alphabet is the building block for developing reading, comprehension and literacy skills in any child. But before you start teaching ABCD for kids, kindly read the tips below. They will help you in deciding the right approach, books and products for teaching ABCD for kids.
Tips for teaching ABCD to kids
1. Start small.
Do not try to teach all the 26 letters to your kid at once. Simply concentrate on a few letters at a time and allow your child to see, hear, and experience that letter in a variety of ways. For example, research has shown that a child around the 2-year mark, would find it very difficult to learn beyond A, B, C and D.
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2. The Adequate Reinforcement
Alphabet books (ABCD Books) are helpful learning tools for starting off but you should also use reinforcement approaches to supplement books. Without adequate reinforcement, children tend to forget quite easily. Alphabet coloring pages, crafts and charts, etc. help reinforce your child’s knowledge of letters.
3. Design of the ABCD Book
Design of ABCD Book is very important. For example, often you will find book pages emphasizing the object more than the letter. Naturally, the child’s attention would be on the object and not on the letter at the top corner of the page! Poorly designed ABCD books do not deliver good learning outcomes.
4. Kinds of examples used in the book
ABCD Books usually teach letters using objects as examples. A for Apple, B for Ball etc. As a parent, you should note the kinds of examples used in the book. Unfortunately many times the examples of objects in the book are poorly chosen. Q for Quail (a bird), is a bad example for an Indian child. Worse, sometimes they use examples that directly or indirectly indicate violence and other forms of inappropriate exposure.
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5. Phonics-based approach
Unlike Indian languages, the English language is not phonetic in nature. Researchers have identified 44 basic sounds but there are only 26 letters to represent them. To overcome this problem, experts now recommend a phonics-based approach to teach the English language. We advise you to look out for products that are in tune with the phonics-based approach.