Young children learn best through hands-on activities (not from worksheets.) Parents can continue to engage with their children practicing the letters of the alphabet using developmentally appropriate strategies.
Children love their names. Learning will stick with children when we can connect it to something in which they have an emotional connection.
Here is a document to send home with ideas of how to learn the letters of the alphabet by sorting the letters in the child’s name…
Add in some practicing of fine motor skills by providing the child a pair of tweezers to pick up the letters.
During this most unprecedented and challenging time in history, we all want our children to continue to learn and families want information on how to support their children.
However, I am dismayed by the number of worksheets that are being shared and ideas that involve lots of needed items such as pompons, playdough, rainbow mats, different colored Solo cups, etc. Don’t get me wrong- the ideas are very cute but they are also unrealistic for many of our families. Our families cannot travel to purchase these items- they should not be in stores and many cannot afford them or afford even the gas.
So here is an idea to share with parents for learning letters through sorting that uses only letters cut from cardboard food boxes or magazines. I have revised this from a document of ideas that I shared with teachers- I removed the colored background, etc. so that it is easier for you to print for parents if that is needed. It can be printed and sent along in food bags to families.