As an adult, the alphabet may seem like common sense, making it something that can be easily overlooked and brushed to the back of a child’s development. But many experts can’t stress the importance of learning the alphabet enough, especially at an early age.
Here are 5 reasons why the alphabet should be more than just a song that toddlers sing.
1. Understanding Each Letter’s Name and Sound
It is important for your kids to spend time understanding each letter, not just being able to recite all 26 of them. This can be done by taking the time to help your child understand the unique look and sound of each and every letter one by one.
2. Developing Early Literacy Skills
When your kids begin to build a solid foundation of how each letter looks and sounds, it makes it easier to understand how letters come together to form words, which in turn allows them to develop their literacy skills at an early age.
3. More than just a Song
We all know how the song goes… A,B,C,D,E,F,G... Even though this is the way we were all introduced to the alphabet, without educating your children further, it will never be more than just a song. Being able to recite the alphabet is one thing, but having a child truly understand the meaning, look, and sound that every letter has to offer is more important.
4. Helps your kids identify their own name
What was the first thing you learned how to spell? If you are like most of us, it was probably your own name. Eventually we all learn our name, but if your child can learn and understand how to do it at an early age, It will create an early sense of identity and individuality.
5. Builds early confidence in learning
You might be thinking “why not just wait until school rolls around and let teachers teach the alphabet?”. There’s nothing wrong with that, however, imagine the confidence your child would develop by understanding something other classmates might struggle with. The early years of childhood education are vital for their attitude towards learning for the future, so why not get a head start?