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How to teach ABC creatively & effectively

How do you teach the alphabet to your child?

Singing the infamous ‘ABC Song’? Point letter in ABC book? Play the ABC videos to your child?

You are in the right track and those are the same things that I did previously with my elder son, Hanafi. Below are the tools that I’ve used for him and currently using it to Baby Hambali too.

Some ABC books.

I also would like to recommend getting a hold of this well-loved and recommended book in ABC lesson. It is available in videos too and boy, I myself enjoy watching the videos.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Have a look why I emphasise on it.

It features both big and small letter with catchy rhymes
and captivating illustration!

Some ABC videos

However, do extend these common methods and consider getting other ‘tools’ in example as follows for effective imprint of alphabet in your child’s mind.

ABC Poster

ABC Floor Mat

Hand-eye coordination toys

Magnetic Alphabet

I do not have to work hard on alphabet teaching to Hanafi as for having those tools available for Hanafi all the time, it does provide significant impact on him. Children learn best by repetition and sight. By age 2, Hanafi did not only can recite the ABC but he knows both big letter and small letter by heart. I just let him manipulate these tools on his own along the common methods I mentioned earlier.

When I did self research prior to my Early Childhood studies, I discovered few interesting activities that can be done for this type of lesson as well. Missed out these with Hanafi but will do it with baby Hambali plus my earlier methods.

Read on…

A selection of holistic activities to help give a child a strong imprint of the shape of letters in their mind’s eye.

1. Body letters

Ask your child to make themselves into the shape of given letters ie. “make yourself an s”. Child control his body into what he think the letter looks like.

You can model this easily by showing them an ‘x’ by standing with your feet apart and your arms in the air and wide apart. Or you can show a ‘T’ by standing with your feet together and your arms stretched out to the sides.

2. Tracing letters

Ask a child to shut his eyes and with your fingers, trace a letter on their hand or back. He must tell you what this is. He can play the games in pairs. There may be giggles as it is ticklish, but this activity requires the child to see the letter in his mind’s eye.

3. Air writing

Before writing letters on paper, get your child to stand up and you stand up at the front of your child with your back facing him. Using your writing hand, draw a big letter in the air saying its sound at the same time. Get your child to copy you, moving his arms to form the letter in the air.

4. Letter sculptures

Give out plasticine (soft modelling clay) to your child. Ask your child to make certain letters (or words). He has to concentrate on the shape of the letter and its proportions.

Your child can choose his own letter and make a big one out of plasticine or card, then stick it on a large piece of card. Give out magazines and newspapers and let your child look and find either words or pictures of things that begin with the same letter. He can cut these out and create a collage with his big letter.

August 5, 2009 - Posted by | Child's Play, Early Childhood Education, Homeschooling, Parenting in General


  1. Tq for sharing Hanz.. gud idea …:) i suka bukakkaan You Tube Phonics kat Qarissa, laju cam flash card…dia suka dengar ..i pun suka sbb cam klakar gitu ..hahaha

    Comment by Watie Aziz | August 5, 2009 | Reply

  2. Its true that children learn best by repetition and sight…sampai sekarang pon I still ingat words dalam ABC posters yang my mum tampal kat bilik I masa kecik2 dulu…nanti I pon nak belikan untuk baby SN pulak 😉

    Comment by yatie chomeyl | August 5, 2009 | Reply

  3. Watie…i x buat flash card langsung kat Hanafi dulu & to Hambali, lately try flash card, but…turn up dalam mulut dia! LOLSo,I simply give up with flash card,hemm you tube yer…boleh try cara u tu..thanks!

    Comment by Hanz | August 5, 2009 | Reply

  4. oh yatie, dah boleh buat macam2 ngan baby SN, the earlier the better! Do share SN activies nanti!

    Comment by Hanz | August 5, 2009 | Reply

  5. lately i try method baru. buat flash card method pakai powerpoint. so i set it to do slideshow of 3second per slide. (cth 1st slide is A, 2nd is writing apple with a picture of apple along with voice over)maklum la, i unemployed. so terover rajin pulak buat powerpoint.baru aje mula, so tak tau if its working.

    Comment by Mama-Miya a.k.a MiuMiu a.k.a "Jedi Hopeful" | August 5, 2009 | Reply

  6. Mama-miya, oh do update on this…as for myself, flash card still ineffective! LOL

    Comment by Hanz | August 5, 2009 | Reply

  7. gud ideas mommies. yg penting repetition kan…

    Comment by nelcyndana | August 5, 2009 | Reply

  8. tq hanz tips ni.aida ajar nurin ikut, kenalkan huruf kecik dulu.sama ler kita –> mcm2 kat tv and laptop, flashcard, puzzles, etc…yg penting repeat and repeat and repeat…

    Comment by adianiez AIDA | August 5, 2009 | Reply

  9. hanz… nurin ok dgn flashcard. tak kira la yg aida buat kat laptop or yg A4 size tu.kalau yg A4 size tu kan, bila dia da tau semua (ada mcm2 series), aida suruh dia pegang, bagi aida apa yg aida nak.then, aida taburkan kat atas katil, dia amik one by one ikut apa yg aida nak. ada gaks aida tampal kat dinding.mcm2 ler aida buat.tak nak bagi nurin boring punyer pasal…hi hi hi…

    Comment by adianiez AIDA | August 5, 2009 | Reply

  10. wow you are well prepare! do it slowly and consistent, i am sure your kids will benefit from them!

    Comment by Jesslyn | August 5, 2009 | Reply

  11. tq for the tips. ni wafiq asik nk masuk buku dlm mulut …. abih koyak time nk ngaja dia tu huhuh

    Comment by Elyn | August 5, 2009 | Reply

  12. thanks for sharing Hanz…

    Comment by nadnye | August 5, 2009 | Reply

  13. Bila baca ni baru teringat..these are the methods used at Izzo's kindie now. When Amsyar went to the same kindie since he was 4yo, the principal (my neighbour) told me about these methods. Baru lah I tahu. Sebab masa tu Amsyar susah sikit tangkap tulis menulis they used playdough and "body writing" a lot..

    Comment by SOHO Mama | August 5, 2009 | Reply

  14. Nelcy, do share yours also.. :>Aida, good tips!

    Comment by Hanz | August 6, 2009 | Reply

  15. Nadnye, me pun slalu ushar yours & see what u up to on lesson with your kiddos.. :>Millie, kids need physical interaction when learning, yelah budak2 mana reti nak duduk diam, daripada buat tak tentu hala, sambil bergerak sambil belajar, me pun baru ni tau pasal ni.. 😛

    Comment by Hanz | August 6, 2009 | Reply

  16. Elyn, try cloth book, board book & plastic book, gerenti x koyak unless Wafiq ada gigi yang gagah perkasa macam Edward Cullen…ekkekekkek 😛

    Comment by Hanz | August 6, 2009 | Reply

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