Children as young as 2 can start recognizing the letters of the alphabet. This makes an alphabet chart extremely helpful for toddlers through kindergarteners.
I created a printable abc chart that was going to be available in my Teaching Littles shop, but decided to offer it as a FREE printable to my readers. Simply input your email address below and you’ll be able to download several versions of this alphabet chart.
I have included both a pastel colored alphabet chart and a bright colored abc chart in 8.5×11, as well as 3 other sizes: 8×10 (can be enlarged to 16×20), and 11×14.
There is also a version with the word spelled out for kindergarten students or above, and a version without the word for preschoolers.
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How can an alphabet chart benefit my child?
Alphabet charts can help your child or student recognize and identify letters and letter sounds.
The best alphabet charts have both upper and lowercase letters and pair them with an image. This image will use that letter as the beginning sound so the child can start to associate those words and sounds for the corresponding letter.
Some kindergarten abc charts also contain the word of that image as well. This helps older children recognize the whole word and how letters come together to form a word.
What age can my child use an alphabet chart?
Children as young as two can start using an alphabet chart to help identify and understand letters and their sounds.
Once your child is able to recite the ABC’s from memory (around 2), you can work on recognizing letters, as well as the sounds they make.
However, this chart isn’t just for young children. Students up to kindergarten or 1st grade can benefit from an alphabet chart like this one.
A kindergarten abc chart is used in classrooms to help students that still struggle identifying letters and pairing them with the sounds that they make.
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How to use an ABC Chart
This printable abc chart can be used one of two ways. When you introduce the chart, always point out and recite each letter, letter sound, and the picture.
Explain the reason for the picture is that the beginning sound is the letter that the word starts with.
1. Read the chart to your child
Using the printable abc chart, point to a letter. Say the letter name, the sound that it makes, and then the word in the picture. Always have them repeat you to etch it into their memory.
Be sure to have your child look at both uppercase and lowercase letters when learning. Most children are taught all of the uppercase letters first, however, the lowers case letters are the ones that they will see more often when they read or see words.
It is important that you go through the alphabet chart at the right speed. If you go too slowly your child will get bored.
2. Hang up the chart
Hang up the chart in your classroom, playroom, kid’s room or any place that they play or work. They’ll love looking up at it throughout the day whether they’re looking for a letter or not.
This is very helpful if the student is kindergarten age and need help actually spelling out a word. Make sure they’re always reminded it’s there instead of constantly asking you what letter they’re looking for.
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3. Keep it close while they read and write
Keep the alphabet chart close while they read, so if they get stumped on a letter when decoding, they can refer to the chart to see what sound it should make.
Consistency is key
The more often that they are exposed to a kindergarten abc chart, the better they will become with learning letter sounds.
Vowel sounds are often the most commonly mixed up letter sounds. So having this chart will help them to see those letters and their sounds more often.
Activities and Games with Your Alphabet Chart
Entertaining kids is the number one way to keep them focused and engaged in learning. Using this abc chart to make a fun game will always help them learn and memorize faster.
Try some of these fun ideas to help your child get that repitition they need:
- Point to one of the letters and have the student come up with their own word that starts with that letter (not using the picture shown).
- Gather random objects or pictures around the house and go through each one to have your child determine the beginning letter sound.
- Simply say a word or name to the child and have them point out which letter it is on the chart.
- Use flashcards with letters on them (or just write each letter on a piece of paper). Have child match the letter on the card to the printable abc chart.
- Give them some writing and fine motor practice by having them copy each letter of the alphabet from the chart onto a separate sheet of lined paper.
- Check out more ideas here: 14 Simple Activities to Teach Kids the Alphabet
Whether they’re writing letters, full words, or just trying to sound out a word in their head, they will love this printable abc chart.