for quickly teaching the Alphabet to your child
When new information is linked in some way to information we
already know the task of memorising it is made easier.
The "Linked Visual Imagery Method" for learning letter
sounds, which is explained in the instructions that can be downloaded
above, helps children to memorise the sounds of letters by teaching
them how to link each letter's abstract shape to the shape of
a familiar animal or object that shares the same initial sound.
the Linked Visual Imagery Method to teach letter sounds the
student is given visual cues to make memorisation easier.
The student is taken through the following learning sequence:
The student learns:
· the picture's name
· to say what picture is represented by each letter.
· to identify each picture by the initial sound only
· to independently say the initial sound of each picture
when shown it
· to say the initial sound of each picture when simply
shown the letter to which it is matched.
At this point the child will know the link between the letter
and the sound/s it represents.
of these steps builds on the one before and gives the child
a rich visual context which reinforces their memory
To teach the sounds of the Alphabet
you will need flash cards with visual cues. These can be downloaded
Note: there are diferent
versions to use depending on how you wish to print them out.
flash cards - For folding and glueing.
If you are not going to laminate the cards then these are the easiest
to use as they can be printed out on a bubble jet printer and folded
over and glued so that they are stronger.
These cards are set up so that you can reverse
print on the back of one piece of paper and then laminate the cards.
These cards are for use when you print from a computer to a photocopier
that can do back to back printing automatically.
To use interactive programs on the computer to help your child learn the Alphabet that we use at school go here.
You can also download the alphabet posters we use at school.