Three important questions
- What should be taught first – letter names or letter sounds?
- What should be taught first – capital letters or small letters?
- In what order should alphabet letters be taught?
If you want to teach letter sounds first…
- This is what we call complete phonics approach to literacy skills or reading skills. The children are taught first letter sounds, not letter names.
- After they have been able to name each letter sound and blend sounds together, they are taught to say letter names.
- Some schools invite and instruct parents not to teach letter names at home. Some schools even teach the parents to say letter sounds so that they can guide their children accordingly.
If you want to teach letter names first…
- Most of the schools in Nepal start with teaching letter names to the children first.
- If you want to teach letter names first, start with the alphabet song. After they have been able to sing the alphabet song, have them recognize each letter and say its name.
- Teach them to say letter names using the five steps for teaching letter names (tracing, colouring and pasting, recognizing, and creating).
- After they have been able to say, recognize and write capital and small letters; teach them the sound of each letter.
- Teaching letter names is as important as teaching letter sounds.
- Most schools teach both letter names and sounds.
- If the children are not introduced to sounds in pre-primary classes, research has shown that they may have reading difficulties in later years.
- If letter names are not taught to the children, they may have difficulties in understand all sorts of information based on alphabetical order.
- Letter names help to understand letter sounds and letter sounds help to read words in text.
A good teacher always finds what works best for his/her children. So, find what works best for your children and stick with it.
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