An essential component of literacy acquisition is alphabet recognition, which involves letter shape recognition, letter-name knowledge, letter-sound knowledge and rapid-letter naming. Alphabet recognition, specifically letter naming, has historically been used as an indicator of future reading achievement (Snow et al., 1998).
Numerous studies have proven that a child’s knowledge of letters is a strong predictor of his/her success in learning to read (Bond & Dykstra, 1967; Share, Jorm, McClean & Matthew, 1987; Adams, 1990). Scanlon & Vellutino (1996) further revealed that letter knowledge was as strong a predictor on its own as other predictors combined. In fact, “reading scores in tenth grade can be predicted with surprising accuracy based on a child’s knowledge of the alphabet in kindergarten” (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2003).
Practice letter/ number recognition in a fun way - every day!
Print a sheet with 10 identical shapes on the same page
Write a letter or numeral on each picture, and make a copy for each child
Children will pull a number or letter card from a stack (or roll a game die), find that letter/numeral on their mat, and stamp it out
You can use rubber stamps or bingo dot markers or you can have children draw an “X” over the picture
Disclaimer: This presents an overview of child development. It is important to keep in mind that the time frames presented are averages and some children may achieve various developmental milestones earlier or later than the average but still be within the normal range of development. This information is presented to help parents understand, at a high level, what to expect from their child. Any questions/concerns you may have about your child’s development should be shared with your doctor.