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Alphabet Activities for Young Children

Children enthusiastically sing the alphabet song and begin recognizing letters in their environment at a very young age – often between the ages of 2 and 3. Many children between the ages of 4 and 6 can name most of the letters. This is an age when letter name and sound activities can boost pre-reading skills, helping children discover the joy of reading once they are ready.

Young children quickly discover that print contains a message, both in books and in their community. Parents are often surprised at how quickly children learn to recognize print within a visual or artistic context. For example, children “read” signs in their environment, such as red “STOP” signs. Very young children recognize many predictable and colorful signs outside favorite stores or restaurants.

Children recognize and learn the letters in their first name easily because they see it often and it is a very meaningful word. Once children understand that print in favorite picture books has meaning, they begin the exciting journey of learning to decode the words their parents and teachers know how to read.

Try these alphabet activities with children who are beginning to name letters and understand that letters are in the words they see all around them.

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