The Magical World of the Alphabet

Current brain research has raised the expectations of what young children can learn in the early years. Young children instinctively love learning and without realizing, they curiously investigate the world around them. The young mind absorbs its surroundings, which includes language, visual images, music, etc.

It is important to develop this love of learning, and encourage the child to continue as such, through later years.

The ability to recognize that letters and sounds of the alphabet are related, for example, is one of the most important skills for a young child to develop in the initial years of kindergarten/school. This is not always easy for the young learner to grasp, therefore, by introducing him or her early on to a series of fun and entertaining activities and games dedicated to focus on this subject, you can provide your child with a refreshing way to engage with the letters and sounds of the alphabet, encouraging them to learn and foster a positive approach towards learning.

The 3-4 year old child is able to recognize some examples of print in his surroundings and can also understand that writing can be a form of communication. Between the ages of 4 and 5, the child also loves to pretend to read, realizing that the print in his or her story books carry more of the meaning of the story than the pictures do. He can also recognize and name some letters of the alphabet, and even write a few letters.

Most likely your child will love playing games with written words; and also because young children of this age love to imitate those who are older than them (and can read and write) this is a perfect time to assist the child in observing and in becoming familiar with the alphabet, as they develop their early reading and comprehension skills.

Description: Let's meet the letters of the alphabet and have some fun with them. Here you will find various on-screen links that will lead you to a range of alphabet games.

Added value: In these games, the child is introduced to the names, graphic symbols and sounds of each of the alphabet letters. Clicking on a letter leads to an object that begins with that letter, and is designed to help identify the letters of the alphabet and match them with their individual sounds.

Tip: Play alphabet games with your child, in which you practice identifying separate letters or letters within written words. For example, try a game of “I spy” ; play a game in which you take turns calling out a letter and everyone must find an object which begins with that letter. Add some physical activity to it – by having to stand by the object which begins with the named letter.. Of, course, you can also sing along together to the ABC song. – try this even from an early age.