Teach your Baby: ABC
Note to parents: Learn English with your baby. All underlined words are explained in EnglishChecker. To listen to audio, click the green arrow twice.
Introduce letters to your baby as soon as possible. Point out letters when you see them on blocks. Teach your baby to recognize a few letters at a time. Start with A, B, C, and the first letter of his or her name. You can also teach M for Mommy or D for Daddy. Some babies pick their own favourite letters.
Read and Listen: New Words
Surround your baby with letters. Find plastic, foam, and wooden letters for your baby to play with. Bring letters into the bath, playroom, and yard. Ask a family member who can sew to make stuffed fabric letters that spell your baby's name. Put the letters on the wall in your baby's room. You can even have fun with letters at mealtime. The sooner they learn their letters the sooner they will read in English.
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Song, Rhyme or Story time
The Alphabet Song
A B C D
Baby's First Alphabet Book
Make your baby an English alphabet book or set of flashcards. Choose your baby's favourite things. Draw or cut out pictures to go with the letters. Here are some ideas for alphabet words that babies and young children hear often.
A a is for apple or airplane
F f s for fish
I i is for ice cream
Fun with Chalk
Decorate the outdoors with the alphabet. Use sidewalk chalk to print the alphabet on a pathway or driveway. Each time you pass it sing the alphabet song with your baby.
The bath is a great place to play with letters. Foam letters stick to tiles or the side of the tub. Dump all of the letters into the tub and ask your baby to fish for a letter that she knows. You can also use bath crayons to write the alphabet on the tiles or tub. Write your baby's name and point out the letters.
recognize: know which one (from seeing often)
More fun for Baby:
The following resources are available new or used online. Type the bold titles into a search engine to buy alphabet books and toys for your baby.Books
Chicka Chicka abc (Boardbook) by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
My First Book of Letters (Baby Einstein Board Books) by Julie Aigner-clark and Nadeem Zaidi
Padded Board Books: Baby ABC by DK Publishing
DVD's and Toys
LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Set: Large fridge magnet letters that are safe for little ones. Letters sing and make the phonetic sound when child places them into the correct spot.
The Letters Factory: DVD by LeapFrog (With a catchy tune that helps babies and preschoolers learn the sounds of the letters.)