You’re probably already teaching your child about the letters of the alphabet. Here are some suggestions for how to help your child learn the alphabet on their own timeline:
Start with your child’s letter and name. It’s easier and more interesting for your child to start with something that is relevant to them. Starting with all 26 letters is overwhelming, so limit how many letters you introduce and stick with lowercase letters (uppercase letters can wait).
Make it fun, not stressful. It takes time to memorize the letters and their sounds, so don’t be surprised if it takes your child a while. Clapping and hugs are a great positive enforcement. If your child can’t name a letter or sound, it’s okay to give the answer and ask them to repeat it.
Show is easier than tell. In the beginning, it will be easier for your child to point to a letter instead of giving you information about it. Identifying it always easier than recalling the answer, especially for new learners.
Letters can be confusing. It’s normal for younger children to mix up letters like b and d, p and q, etc. Sometimes it’s fun to create stories and other special ways for your child to remember how these letters/sounds are different.
Adapted from Reading Bright Start.