How to Print and Assemble
- Print from a Chrome Browser to make sure the margins are correct, and make sure “fit to page” is not selected. You may have problems getting the correct margins if you use the Edge browser.
- To use as wall art: Print on card stock. (Laminating will add too much shine.) I recommend rounding the corners, putting some twine on the wall in an arcing fashion (I attached mine to the wall using metallic push pins.), and attach with mini clothespins.
- To use as flashcards: If you are going to use these as large flashcards, I recommend printing on card stock, rounding the corners, laminating, hole punching the top in each corner, and putting in 1″ rings for durable and easy use.
Tips and Tricks to use as Wall Art
- Pick a spot near the ceiling where children can see them, and put the letters in a line in alphabetical order. Masking tape works great or a staple gun for attaching them to the wall.
- Put them on the wall at eye level instead of up high.
- Refer to them often and point to each letter as you sing the ABC song.
Tips and Tricks to use as Flashcards
- Your child may prefer a larger version of my flashcards or these would be great for a large setting like a classroom.
- Say the letter name, letter sound, and word for each letter all at once.
- Use the chant from my ABC Video, “A is for apple, a, a, apple”.
More Tips and Tricks for Using My ABC Flashcards
- Wait until your child is fed, in a good mood, and ready for cuddles.
- Let your child look at your mouth and really exaggerate saying each sound.
- Once your child is familiar with the letters, say “What’s that?” pointing to the whole flashcard. Whether your child says the letter name, letter sound, or word associated with each letter, praise him or her because they are all right answers.
- In addition to using the flashcards in the traditional sense, you could also put them on the wall or on the refrigerator at eye level. Point to them and encourage your child to interact with them. You could also leave them loose and hand them to your child one at a time or put them on the floor and say, “Let’s step on letter __”.
- I purposefully only included short vowels as well as the hard g and c. Start with only one sound per letter and once that is mastered. The rest of the sounds will be introduced later.
Follow These Steps to Teach Your Child How to Read:
I created these resources to help any parent (or teacher) teach their child/children to read in a fun and back to basics kind of way. If you follow these steps, your child will learn how to read easily and naturally just like my own five children did.
- Language Rich Environment: Use oral language at the child’s level (Get down on the floor and play together!) and help them memorize vocabulary words. (Tell them the names of things!)
- Phonemic Awareness: Teach one sound for each letter of the alphabet. (Start with short vowels.)
- Phonics: Tap out sounds in three letter words to teach how sounds come together to make words.
- More Complex Phonemic Awareness: Introduce long vowels, digraphs, and other vowel sounds.
- Reading Comprehension Strategies: Use quality literature to interact with books and ask questions before, during, and after reading to make sure your child is understanding what is being read.
Start young! It’s better to do a little bit over a long period of time rather than try to cram it all in the month before preschool or kindergarten starts. Read more about how to teach your child to read in my blog: Teach Your Child to Read in 5 Simple Steps.
For More Information
You’ll find everything you need to teach your child to read on my FREE READING RESOURCES page which includes flashcards, videos, plus more tips and tricks. If you’d like a more in depth guide to teach your child how to read, check out my blog series.
Teach Your Child to Read Blog Series (Digging Deeper)
- #1-Oral Language Development Lays the Foundation for Learning to Read
- #2-How Engage Your Baby or Young Child with Reading
- #3-Learning How to Read Begins with the ABCs
- #4-Memorizing Words Before Sounding Them Out Leads to Reading
- #5-Building Vocabulary with Numbers, Colors, and Shapes
- #6-Teaching Phonics with Three Letter Word Families
- #7-Unlock the Final Stages of Reading with Advanced Phonemic Awareness
- #8-Reading Comprehension Strategies Lead to Independent Readers
- #9-Reinforcing Reading with Writing