Letter Recognition Ideas for HOME Practice
the letters in their own name and the names of their classmates.
Also, they are very interested in the names of their family members
as well. Point to the letters as you spell the names together.
word list words as you read them, pointing to each letter. Before
they read their Take-Home Book, tell them the name of the book and
then spell the letters in its name.
ABC’s using a chart and a pointer. Say it together. Then have them
say it without you as they point to the letters. After a few weeks
of pointing to the letters on the chart and saying their names, add
the letter sounds as well so the chant was "AA a/a", "BB b/b" and so
on. When possible relate these to the children's names such as "BB
b/b like Betty."
Climb the stairs - put a letter on each step. The child says each
letter as they climb the stairs (can lay on floor if there are no
stairs). Say it first or put the same letter on each step until
child has mastered a few. Add a few at a time.
child a flash card and have him look for that letter (5-10 times) in
the classified section of the paper or in a magazine. Each time he
finds the letter he circles it and says the letter.
and Go Seek – Hide the letters around the room when the child is
busy elsewhere. When child returns, have him find the letters one at
a time and tell you what letter it is. It’s fun if the letters you
hide make a word he knows…like hide the letters of his name,
brother’s name, etc. Can child correctly rearrange letters to spell
you have 2 sets of cards (or make an extra set), you can play
Concentration. Choose several pairs of matching letters and spread
them out face down on a table/floor. As child turns over each
letter, he must name them. If they match, he wins them; if not, they
are turned back over.
What's Missing - Child places 3-4 letters on the table, identifies
letters, then closes eyes while parent removes one letter. Child
identifies missing letter. Then parent closes eyes, and lets child
remove a letter.
Make letters out of playdoh.
Make ABC puzzles available
to them. Have them SAY the alphabet while pointing to (or tracing)
the letters on the puzzle.
Paint letters on the cement
Find focus letters in
magazines and newspapers, cut them out and sort them on a graph of
two or three letters.
Make letters out of
pretzels, twizzlers, gummy worms, sour snakes, and other long skinny
Help choose items you are
buying at the grocery store given a hint such as "Get the can that
is silver and has a word that starts with C" (carrots).
Let them sort the cans in
your pantry by initial letter and alphabetize it!
Sing silly songs where you
start every word with the focus letter; then sing the tune just
saying the name of the letter over and over.
EX: Bary bad a bittle bamb,
bittle bamb, bittle, bamb.
Bary, bad a bittle bamb.
was bite as bow.
B,b,b,b,b,b,b, b,b,b, b,b,b ......
Play rhyming games such as
"I'm thinking of a word that rhymes with cat and
begins with b (bat)
Play deletion games such as
"What is cart without the /c/?" (art) "What is
bark without the /k/?"
Read, read, read to them!
(especially ABC books)