This Free Tutorial Site will Guide you How to Teach the Vowels to Early Learners with Confidence
The life of this FREE tutorial site starts here.
Yes, this is a free tutorial site where you can download and print worksheets for the children.
First-time teachers and other mentors and educators may find it hard to teach beginner learners. Their age is the culprit since they are too tender to tackle hard tasks.
This is the reason why I created this free tutorial site in the hope that mentors, guardians and educators may pick some lessons and apply them to their teaching journey.
As a mentor, you start by keeping the young learners comfortable and making them feel accepted first in the group.
When they gain their confidence inside the classroom, that’s the time they start to react with their peers and to you, their teacher.
Always bear in mind that children differ in their abilities. They may be of the same age but they can never be the same in what they can do in school.
My aim in creating this free tutorial site is to share my experiences having taught for more than thirty years. I have handled different types of children. Some are very young; as young as two years old.
We all have different styles, methods and techniques of teaching, so these are just guidelines.
I’ll start with the alphabet or to be more precise; the vowels.
Teaching the letters of the alphabet to very young kids is just like teaching a game.
Don’t worry, it’s not as hard as you think.
PART 1 – How to Start Teaching the Alphabet
The first thing that you should bear in mind is to make teaching the alphabet fun to the young kids. Because young kids love visual materials, it is important to use materials that will attract their attention and make learning for them fun and interesting. As a teacher, you should think of ways to make the kids listen to you since they are too young and they could be very playful especially during the first few days of school.
Here are some simple to follow tips when teaching the letters of alphabet to very young kids.
- Introduce the letters of the alphabet by singing it to the kids. Most parents start singing the alphabet as soon as their child is born so it is likely that the kids have already heard the alphabet song earlier. Kids love to sing. They learn songs easier than the other things taught to them in school.
Use colorful and big pictures to introduce the letters of the alphabet to the kids. It is also best to point to each letter while singing or reciting the alphabet.
Use big bold letters to introduce each letter. Using big bold letters in visual aids will help the kids understand what is taught to them better. If you are using flash cards, make sure that they are big enough for the kids to see clearly. You should avoid using fonts that have decorative edges. Using the standard fonts is advisable when making visual materials for young kids. It is also important that you use the uppercase letters first while they aren’t accustomed yet to the lower-case letters.
Make sure too that you have some flash cards to show the kids and some pictures.
Start by singing the alphabet in a slow manner that the kids could understand. It is also important to make the activity a daily routine. For example, you can sing the alphabet every day with the kids before starting the main lesson. To make learning more fun and effective, you can provide some posters with the alphabet to the kids that they can point while singing. This way, they can memorize the letters and learn the sequence of the alphabet.
The kids will not only learn how to sing the alphabet if you provide the proper visual and audio materials that they use to make learning more fun and effective. They will also learn to recognize each letter of the alphabet faster and easier.
There are no set rules on how to teach the alphabet to the kids. What is important to remember is to make learning for the kids fun and interesting so that they will learn better.
PART 2 – Children’s Activities
Alphabet Activities for the Kids
There are many useful activities that you can use to teach the alphabet to the kids. You can find valuable worksheets her in this free tutorial site to use in your program. Using these activities will make the lesson interesting and fun to the young kids and will avoid boredom.
Singing the letters of the Alphabet
Singing is one of the best ways to make lessons for young kids fun. Singing the alphabet every day will help the kids memorize the letters of the alphabet. You can sing the alphabet only while clapping the hands or you can use posters and let the kids point to the letters as you sing.
It is very hard to guide each kid to point to the letters because there are several kids in a class and a normal class has only two teachers but you can do it by turns. Say, you help two kids point to the letters of the alphabet on the first day then do it to the other kids the next day until such time that all of them know how to point to the letters as they sing. Doing this as a daily routine will make memorizing the alphabet more effective.
Letter Recognition through Flash Cards
Using flash card is a very common method of teaching young kids. The kids love visual aids and they will enjoy telling what letter is shown to them through flash cards. The most important thing to remember when showing pictures or any material to the kids is to use big bold letters without any decorative edges and large and clear images too for easier comprehension.
It is more effective to show one letter at a time. I always start teaching the vowels first. And I teach each letter for a week or 5 days before the next letter. So if your lesson is letter A, you should show only letter A and let each child say the letter.
Show and Tell
Show and tell is an interesting and fun activity for the kids. You show them something and the kids will tell the object. Real objects can be used in this show and tell activity but you can also use tri-dimensional objects to make learning more effective. If your lesson is letter A; find things that start with letter A and use them to teach the letter to the kids. One advice that I can share is to stick first to short a, to avoid confusing the kids. They will learn about long a as they go.
Reciting is one of the best ways to know if the child has learned the lesson or not. Letting each child recite will make learning more effective since each child will be participating in class activities. Group recitation is good but sometimes there are kids who are just following the others. Try calling each child and you will discover that there are kids who do not know letter A yet.
Tracing the Letter
It is always good to include tracing the letter to the lesson on alphabet. Young kids always start by tracing the letter being taught. They will not be able to trace the letter immediately so you have to teach them first the stroke. You can use the “write on the air” method then demonstrate how to write the letter on the board. It should be done one step at a time. Remember to guide the kids to write because they are still learning how to do it.
Coloring pictures will break the monotony of the lesson and will give the kids time to relax. Coloring is like playing so the kids will enjoy this activity. It is important to let the kids color a picture that begins with the letter that you are teaching for the day. If you are teaching letter A then let the kids color an apple or an astronaut. The point here is to make coloring related to the lesson.
Here’s a guide when teaching the letters of the alphabet to young kids.
- Sing the alphabet with the kids using posters.
- Use flash cards and let the kids say the letter.
- Give each child a chance to recite the letter being shown.
- Let the kids trace the letter.
- Let the kids color pictures that start with the letter of the day.
- Give other activities to enhance learning.
PART 3 – The Vowels
This is the start of my tutorial hubs, which will include all lessons for preschoolers. This will sum up all my teaching experiences for thirty years with the young and very young kids.
To start the lesson or tutorial, I will start with the vowels, which is the first letters to teach to the young kids.
Teaching the letters is more effective when you use different styles and strategies that include the sound of each letter.
THE LETTER A
First thing first.
Introduce the letter to the kids by showing them a flash card. Remember to use a flash card with clear letter.
Sound off letter A by saying, “the sound of letter A is aaaaah.” The kids will then follow you and say the sound of A.
After introducing the sound of A, you can now ask each child, “What letter is this?” and each child will tell the letter. It is important to emphasize the sound of letter A so that the kids will register the sound in their mind. If the kids know the sound, it is easier for them to read words in the future.
Letter A Tracing
Tracing the letter is one of the important activities that must be taught to young kids. This needs time and needs a lot of guidance from the teacher. It does not matter whether the child is tracing with a straight line but it matters much that the kids be guided on the proper stroke of writing the letter.
Here’s a sample sheet of tracing.
Other activities for Letter A:
Coloring Pictures that Begin with Letter A
You can let the kids color pictures that begin with A. Make sure that the images are big and clear to the kids.
You can also use activity sheets where the kids can color only the pictures that begin with letter A.
Coloring Letter A
Letting the kids color A in a group of different letters will help them identify letter A better and faster.
Match A to Pictures
This activity is fun for the kids. You need ready-made activity sheets for the kids to do. You can make your own hand-written activity sheets or you can use printed activity sheets.
The pictures must be clearly recognized by the kids and the letter A must be bold and in uppercase. Young kids start learning the uppercase letters first before the lowercase.
Match the Same Letters
Using this matching letters activity will help the young kids recognize letter A faster. You can let the kids draw lines from letter A to another letter A using activity sheets.
Another way is to let the kids pick a picture that begins with A and stick it on the board.
SHOW AND TELL
Using real objects in this activity is better than using pictures only. The kids will have more fun touching and holding real objects and telling their names. To make the lesson more interesting, the kids can pick any object that they like, show it to the class then tell its name. Child participation is very important and this activity will let each child participate in the activity.
Another interesting activity that you can have with the kids when teaching A is, eating time which you can have during the break time or recess time. Apple begins with A so you can slice apples and share them with the kids to enjoy. You are not only teaching the kids letter A but you are also providing them with nutritious food.
Teaching letter A can be a very interesting activity to the young ids given the right steps and the right activities that they can enjoy while learning.
There are so many activities that you and the kids can enjoy together while learning about the letter. And what’s good about allowing the kids to have fun while learning is that they will better assimilate what is taught to them when they are having fun.
According to experts; the kids learn more if they enjoy what they are learning and the responsibility of the teacher is to provide the kids lots of fun activities so that they can learn better.
The best way to teach each letter of the alphabet to the kids is to do different activities for the whole week or five school days. This will give them ample time to do lots of various activities that will enhance learning and make learning more effective.