As Easy as ABC
A-B- C- D- E- F- G- H- I- J- K- L- M- O- P Q- R-S-T-U-V-W-X-Y- and Z
Now, I know my ABCs; next time won’t you sing with me!
Most likely you have heard this song countless times. These twenty-six characters are very important. Help your child make a connection between the sound in the song and the printed letters. When you read to your child, point out individuals letters and show how they combine to create words.
Make learning fun! Look for alphabet shapes in nature and around the community. It is never too early to read to your child. In fact, the Council on Early Childhood from the American Academy of Pediatrics ( AAP) formally recognized the importance of consistent and early exposure to the printed word. The Santa Clara County Library District offers several opportunities for parents and caregivers to share in early literacy experiences, including but not limited to baby, preschool, and family story times.
Here are a few of my favorite alphabet books:
It is a classic; in this book, all of the letters of the alphabet try to squeeze into the coconut tree. Children will enjoy chanting along with you, “Chicka chicka, boom, boom, will there be enough room?”
Uh-oh, the letters are being blown out of the alphabet tree! This book is a nice introduction for young children to the relationship between letters, words and sentences.
In a familiar tongue twister style, this book introduces capital and lower case letters, while stimulating imagination.
This book outlines the history of auto racing, but most of all this is an action-packed alphabet book. The alliterative statements convey excitement “Racing, rapid riding, rushing, roaring, risking. Steering to cease from sliding, stop from slipping, stay in the lead, speed to the end”.