Thank you for visiting Azy Reading Journey website, where our goal is to make learning fun. It is always a pleasure to see you. I hope you are doing well. In this post, I will be sharing about some easy and fun alphabet activities for preschoolers at home.
In the last post I tried to answer the question, how do I teach my 4 year old to recognize numbers? Go here if you would like some ideas to teach your 4 year old to recognize numbers.
I will talk about some of the fun activities that we used to help Azy learned the letters of the alphabet. I hope that you will find something useful that you can use to help teach your preschoolers at home.
The Start of Azy Reading Journey
Azy’s journey started in September 2019, and we thought it would have been easy since he had been going to daycare for a while.
Among doing other things, he was singing the letters of the alphabet and counting.
The original plan was to use a reading program in addition to introducing new activities and material as we go along. His mother bought the Little Champion Reader and we were excited to begin.
Soon after we started, we realized that even though Azy was singing the letters of the alphabet, he did not know them.
We spent some time using the Little Champion Reader reading program because it started off teaching the letters of the alphabet.
Azy loved to watched the Alphabet Train, but after a while he started to lose interest and sometimes, he was reluctant to do the lessons.
Please note that I am not saying the Reading program is ineffective. My family members and I believe that it is a great program that works.
We have used Hooked on Phonics before, so we know that Reading programs can help with teaching a child to read.
However, Azy just did not respond well to the program, but I must say that we still use it occasionally, and we intend to use it fully at a later date.
Letter Activities For Preschoolers
Things were not working as planned, so we had to think about introducing the activities and materials that we had planned for later on. We also had to used activities that were fun and would hold Azy’s attention.
After some discussions, we concluded that since Azy could not identify the letters we would start using magnetic letters. We went to Walmart and bought a pack of magnetic letters and numbers.
We started with some activities with:
► Magnetic Letters And Printable Workheet
► Magnetic Letters with Cup and Tray
◊◊Magnetic Letters And Printable Worksheet
The decision to introduce the magnetic letters was the right one. Azy welcomed the new activities and he was having fun doing them.
At first, we used the magnetic letters and a tray along with the flashcards and printable alphabet worksheet that were included in the reading program.
The letters were placed on the table, and we helped Azy with identifying the letters. Starting with the letter “A,” on the printable worksheet, he tried to find the matching magnetic letters on the table and put on the tray.
Children Love Fun Learning Activities
Since Azy was enjoying this activity, we spend some time on it. So, the activity was done several times on a daily basis.
When he we saw that he was understanding what he was doing, we gave him the opportunity to try doing it by himself. Azy took the challenge and we were surprised to see that he identified more letters than we expected.
In a previous post, I said that we use a lot of magnetic letters and numbers. Our love for using magnetic letters began when we saw how much Azy loved them. They really helped him with letter recognition and identification.
Yes, it took some time for him to learn the letters, but he had fun doing so.
Magnetic letters make teaching Azy easier and fun. They can be used in various activities, including helping your child to learn colors. You can also use them for a long time to teach your child…
Go here to continue reading about the magnetic letter activities.
In the video below, you will see Azy using letters to identify his farm animals.
Letter Activities For Preschoolers Continued
◊◊Magnetic Letters With Cup And Tray
We were encouraged when saw how much Azy was enjoying the activities with the magnetic letters. So, we continued to look for other fun ways that we could use to help him learn and stay engaged.
Pretty soon we were realizing that when we turned the activities into games, he did better.
I do not remember when we started to include the cup in the activities, but it was well received by Azy. In this activity, we took turn to close our eyes and take a letter from the cup, identified it, then placed it on the tray.
Sometimes, when I took a letter from the cup, I would pretend like I did not know what it was, to see if Azy could identify it.
As we continued to help Azy learned the letters, we purchased additional magnetic letters and numbers from Walmart. However, those letters were upper case.
So, later on we bought more letters and numbers, but this time they were purchased from Amazon, because we wanted lower case as well.
We added new materials and activities as we went along. New materials included puzzle boards, foam letters and wooden letters.
This was done to keep the learning interesting and fun, along with being ready to change an activity when we got the impression that he was ready for a change.
Eventually, we began to asked Azy to choose an activity that he wanted to do, and the activity with cup was his favorite at one point. There were times when we moved to another activities, and he chose to go back to using the cup.
We also used the magnetic letters on the puzzle boards. I will talk more about the puzzle board in another post.
Letter Activities For Preschoolers
Don’t Have To Be Costly
If you think that finding letter activities for preschooler is hard, think again. Maybe, you already have materials at home that you can start using. Do you have any magnetic letters on your refrigerator, or any toys that has the letters of the alphabet?
We had a few alphabet letters and numbers on our refrigerator, but not enough to teach Azy since some of the letters and numbers were missing.
You do not have to buy as many magnetic letters and numbers like we did. However, as I said before, they can be used for continuous learning.
Hopefully, you learned something from reading how much magnetic letters helped us with teaching Azy the letters of the alphabet.
Even though he knows the letters now, we still continue to do different kind of letter activities and we will not stop.
We are also using the magnetic letters to help Azy spell his name. Later on, they will still be useful when we start working on spelling words. Therefore, for us, it is a good investment.
Would you like to get more ideas on how you can use magnetic letter to teach your preschooler? Go here to read Vanessa Levin’s article. She is a, “Pre-K teacher with more than 20 years of classroom teaching experience.”
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Hello, my name is Jackie. My family members and I are teaching my grandson Azy to read and I am writing about the challenges and the joy that comes from doing so. My goal is to write articles that will encourage and help parents and others who want to do the same for their kids or other children. Thanks for travelling along with us. Blessings, Jackie