How do you teach the letter A? I start with pictures and words. When you start teaching letters, they can be very confusing, so it is best to put meaning to them. Use pictures that start with that letter so that the child can start to see the beginning pattern with words. I like books that focus on just one letter for the whole book. These beginning readers usually have eight pages, and each page has just one or two words and a picture for the child to “see” the word. I like these books because they are designed to be printed double sided, cut down the middle, across the middle, add a staple and you have the same eight page book, but for a fraction of the cost. Make sure you point out the letter at the beginning of the word, so the child can see the letter A in each word. As the child understands that words have meaning, then they are able to build on that concept to learn all the letter sounds. When they understand the letter sounds, they will be able to read words.
I also like to teach the letter A by using handwriting. Handwriting can be pencil and paper, OR anything else. If it fun for children to use markers, pens, colored pencils, and paint. It can also be fun to use cookie cutter letters and have the child use salt dough to punch out the letter, or my favorite is to use sugar cookie dough, then everyone gets to eat the letter. When children know more letters, they can eat whole words.
I like children using the letter in art with words that begin with the letter. They can use apples as a stamp and paint the letters. They can use their body to move it to the shape of the letter. They can learn sign language for the letter. The ideas are endless, but I made lesson plans to help with beginning the brain storming process. Use these ideas to build on places and things around you that would be fun for your child too.
Learning should always be a fun process. Learning is one of my favorite things to do and I know it is because of how much fun my teachers made it for me. Remember when they’re laughing, they’re learning, so always Teach With Giggles! Written by Raeann Hansen 2019