Activity 1: The ABCs

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Children are naturally curious about their names and become excited when they can identify letters in their names. Once they know some letters in their names, they begin to find those letters all around them.

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Children are naturally curious about their names and become excited when they can identify letters in their names. Once they know some letters in their names, they begin to find those letters all around them. This is an easy place to start learning about the alphabet because names are personal and important. Learning the alphabet is an important pre-reading skill. If your child knows at least 10 letters, including those in his/her name, by the time he/she starts kindergarten, he/she is more likely to be a successful reader.

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In kindergarten, children will name all upper- and lower-case letters of the alphabet in random order, and also spell their first name correctly.

Activity: Nameplate

Sit with your child and write his/her name on the poster board or paper, using a capital letter at the beginning followed by lower-case letters. Write the letters as large as the paper will allow, naming each letter as you write it. Encourage your child to repeat each letter name as you say it. Have your child use the markers and other materials to personalize the nameplate, keeping the letters readable. Talk about the letters as your child decorates the nameplate. “Oh, you are coloring the letter G yellow.” “See, the G is shaped almost like a circle.” Help your child decide where to display the nameplate.

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