How did you teach your children the ABC's?

United States
August 13, 2007 8:30pm CST
Just before the beginning of the year, I noticed that my child was having difficulty speaking. And, she wasn't taking any interest in learning either. Of course, she's only three years old and most kids that age just love to play and have fun. But, I was worried that she might be behind other kids her age, so we got her some educational software and it seemed to help some. But, the biggest difference came about after my spouse purchased a set of cheap ABC letter magnets (the type you use on your refrigerator). Within just a week or two she knew half of the alphabet and wanted to learn more. With the super big letters we are able to spell out common words like cat and mom and dad. And, whenever she has a word that she doesn't know, she will run and grab the magnetic letters and demand that we spell it for her. Isn't it funny how the most insignifigant of things can bring about the greatest learning for a child? So, how did you teach your child the alphabet?
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@carlaabt (3508)
• United States
14 Aug 07
My son doesn't spell anything out yet or anything. He only recognizes a few letters by sight, too, but he is only 18 months old, so he still has plenty of time. He does say part of the alphabet, though. He says A,b,c,d,f,g,h,i but that's it. He always leaves e out, though. The way he learned to say as much of it as he says, is from this learning table that he has. It sings an ABC song, and he loves it! The soup bowl sings the abc's and the cookies count to ten. That's how he learned how to count, too. The letters that he does know by sight, he's learned from watching Sesame Street and Between the Lions. And he recognizes all the letters in his own first name, since he has it up on his wall. He call spell Elmo, too, from his poster! lol I should probably start working with him more on letters and sounds, I just don't want to rush him.
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• China
14 Aug 07
you can what to do? make your baby to learn something?
• United States
14 Aug 07
Wow! WQhat a smart little boy, he is! You should really be proud. Mine didn't show much interest in learning until she was two or three years old. He's got a really good head start.
@Sharon38 (1919)
• Jamaica
14 Aug 07
I used the furniture in the house. I wrote the names but the beginning words were larger in no time she was spelling these words by herself. Whenever we took a bus se would be looking out the window and shouting "Mommy what is .........?" Now I am back to square one she gets lazy again and I have to be threatening her with no tv or dvd watching. This helps. She is 9
@aissha (2036)
• India
14 Aug 07
my child is 2.9 and she knows abc like she can recite till zee ,with lil mumbling ,i'm not sure she recognises ,i'll do this fridge thing i'm sure since it has helped every child so . she does not talk utter some words of her interest and sing many songs and all rhymes with action,but she still has to be in conversing mode,can u pls. help me lil more about this is amother's call for help. thnx
@pinnibabu (135)
14 Aug 07
I remember I had brought this huge chart with ABC written on it. I stuck the chart in a room and using a stick would point out to all the alphabets while i read them for her. This really helped and within a short span she started imitating me the similar way. Later I bought her the plastic alphabets and she would hold each one of the alphabet and tell me what it was.
• Philippines
14 Aug 07
That is very great! My baby is still nine month old by I also like to teach my baby. It is very nice that your child did learn it well using the big letters. Our childrens have different ways of learnings and stages or learning too.
@youless (86622)
• Guangzhou, China
14 Aug 07
I bought a big photo with ABC alphabet for my son to learn. I also have the magnet characters and a little black board for him to learn. Now he likes to play the computer and it seems he can learn a lot from it. But I don't want him to use it for a long time because it's harmful for eyesight.
@wiccania (3362)
• United States
14 Aug 07
WIth my son we had the letters on the fridge as well. I also sang the ABC song all the time and we got a Leap video called Letter Factory. Which teaches not only the letters of the alphabet, but the sounds they make. He used to sing the song from that all the time.
• Canada
14 Aug 07
Hi With my youngest we had the letters on the fridge,kids music and the old favorite sesame street. She loved to watch Elmo. Then one day she started singing the alphabet. She is 5 now and still loves the C is for cookie song that cookie monster sings.