Alphabet instruction involves teaching the naming, recognition, and formation of the 26 uppercase and lowercase letter symbols used to form every word in the English language.
Findings and Recommendations
After phonemic awareness, recognition of the letters of the alphabet is the most important indicator of early reading success.
Starting at preschool and kindergarten, schools should help students learn the names and shapes of letters. Incorporating writing/printing into letter instruction is a powerful means of developing letter recognition. Using letter/keyword/picture displays when introducing letters is an effective strategy. (Adams, 1990)
Reading A-Z Alignment with Research
Reading A-Z offers a large collection of resources for teaching the alphabet, including alphabet books and chants for each letter, worksheets, flashcards, and a bank of teaching strategies.
The alphabet books reinforce uppercase and lowercase letter recognition. They also teach the student important pre-reading skills, such as recognizing the front and back, top and bottom of a book, left-to-right progression, one-to-one word correspondence, and the notion that words carry meaning.
The flashcards can be used in a number of interactive activities to reinforce letter recognition.
Reading A-Z alphabet books and flashcards use letter/keyword/picture presentation for introducing letters.
Reading A-Z provides several letter formation worksheets for each letter of the alphabet in Zaner Bloser style, D’Nealian style, and cursive style. These worksheets promote work with letter formation, which has been shown to improve a student\'s ability to recognize letters.
Reading A-Z Resources
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|Alphabet Book P|
|Alphabet Chants||Letter Formation Worksheets|
|Alphabet Chant A||Letter K Worksheet|