We love this app because it is accessible for children just learning letters, yet adaptable to challenge early readers as they practice letter/sound recognition. Parents can adjust settings to specify the number of items presented on the page, as well as to indicate the specific skill they want reinforced (e.g. ABC letter names, ABC letter sounds, as well as ABC animals and sounds).
Prepare to use this app with the following activities:
- Grooving Alphabet Game!Using painters tape, make a several (6-10) uppercase letters on the floor around the room. Invite your child to the game by talking about each of the letters on the floor. Once they are familiar with the letters, explain the basics of the game:
- The adult will put on some music for everyone to dance and shake it out.
- When the music stops the adult will call out a letter.
- At this point your child should find the letter and call it back to you out loud.
- Dance again. Match again.
- Take A Letter Hunt:Pick a letter of the alphabet and head out on a letter hunt with your child. This activity can be done indoors, out in the yard, or while driving in the car.
Help your child get the most out of this app by trying the following suggestions. These setting/adjustments can be utilized depending on your child’s level of understanding as they use this app:
- Learning the Alphabet:If your child is just starting to learn the alphabet introduce this game with the following settings.
- Leave the Sound and Audio Hints ON
- Set Min. Number of Items to 1 or 2
- In the Library section turn ON “ABC Animals and Sounds” and leave all other options OFF
- As your child demonstrates mastery, you can adjust the number of items presented and start to introduce letter names by turning the “ABC Letter Names” feature ON.
- Learning Letter/Sound Correspondence:If your child is able to identify all the letters in the alphabet by name, you can support learning letter/sound correspondence with the following settings:
- Leave the Sound and Audio Hints ON
- Set Min. Number of Items to 2 or 3
- In the Library section turn on “ABC Letter Sounds” and leave all other options OFF
- Your child can be further challenged by increasing the number of items and eventually turning on the “ABC Letters and Sounds” feature (in the Library section).
Extend your child’s learning by using either of the following activities:
- Letter Match Game:With this game you will help your child learn the alphabet by matching letters. There are two different versions to this game:
- Get out the magnetic letters! Write the alphabet letters on a blank piece of paper to match your magnetic letters. Hang the sheet of paper on the refrigerator (or other magnetic surface) and ask your child to match the magnetic to the same letter on the paper.
- Create your own letter deck! Using blank index cards create a set of uppercase and lowercase letters. Place all the cards on the floor face up and ask your child to match each uppercase letter with the corresponding lowercase letter.
- Letter Cup Hunt:Using cups (e.g. red solo cups) and a marker, select 5 letters to focus on for one particular game. Write each letter on a cup (or on a piece of tape if you would like to reuse the cups). Invite your child to play by showing them an item (marble, button, small truck, etc.) you plan to hide underneath one of the cups. Ask your child to close his/her eyes while you hide the object. Then have him/her read one of the letters and invite him/her to lift the cup and see if the object is hiding underneath. Want to practice vowels? Only select these letters for your game. Likewise, you can focus on letters that confuse your child (b, d, p, g, q, etc.) with practice on both uppercase and/or lowercase.