How to Introduce the Alphabet to Preschoolers {Free Printable!}

Homeschooling.  You’re doing it even if you’re not ‘doing it’.  Mom and Dad usually introduce the alphabet before any teacher.  Here’s how to introduce the alphabet to preschoolers in a simple, affordable, quick way!

My amazing friends Heather and Margie were reading specialists back when I was a new (LOST!) teacher.  They taught me everything I know about early education.  Well, my children come a close second, but those two gals had a bag full of tricks deeper than Mary Poppins.

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My favorite activity they presented one day was this ‘Let’s Dial Up the ABC’s’ file folder printable.  You just print out the two sheets, glue it onto a manilla file folder, and tie on a Hear Myself Sound phone from Lake Shore Learning.  Voila!  A hands on, cheap, and quick way to review the alphabet with your kiddos.  It doesn’t take much.  It also doesn’t have to be complicated!  I try to go over it with my just turned 3 year old twice a day.  Pooping on the potty is a prime time to get them to pay attention.  You can watch the video below and see that my sweet sweet son could care less after 2 minutes.  This is totally normal for him and my boys.  Attention spans are short.  Yet, they’re learning!  Just keep on keeping on!

Here’s a few tips when using this printable:

  • Encourage your child to POINT to the letters as you say them to help with letter/sound recognition.
  • You can also just go over the SOUNDS instead of the letter names.  That’s actually the most important aspect anyway!
  • ‘Dial’ their name.
  • ‘Dial’ common sight words
  • ‘Dial’ siblings names
  • Quiz them by asking them to dial certain letters to see if they are progressing
  • This should be fun
  • Don’t be a drill seargent
  • Small amounts of time
  • Do it on the potty
  • Keep it in the car

Happy Homeschooling! (printable and video below)

(Right click and download the image to your computer, then print.  They will automatically print to an 8.5×11 size for a file folder).  I do plan on uploading it into a Word doc soon as well, but my computer just got out of the shop and I need to work on uploading some old programs.  If you have trouble, let me know!

teaching the abc's to preschoolers Let's dial up the ABC's

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