Letter sounds and names

Before your child can learn to read, he or she must first learn some basic letter names and letter sounds. For example, the letter “A” makes the /A/ (ah) sound. (slashes denote the sound of the letter).

To be able to read, a child must be able to recognize the letters, know the sound of the letters, and be able to recognize the letters quickly and say the sound without hesitation.

Our Teaching Tip:

Always teach the letter name and letter sound together. Never separately. Studies have found that there is little value in teaching preschoolers letter forms or letter sounds separate. Other studies have found that children receiving letter names and sound instruction were most likely to learn the sounds of letters whose names included cues to their sounds.

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