The letter A makes the sound heard in the words apple, black and cat. This is the sound (short a) you would first introduce to a child. The letter A also makes the long a sound as heard in able, make, rain*, and day*. The letter A makes a variety of sounds. It is most commonly found using the
Learning the alphabet consists of several milestones. It typically begins with learning the ABC song; a child must learn the names of all 26 letters. The next step is to match the name with the shape; this involves identifying upper- and lower-case letters, different print styles (“a” and “g”) and eventually cursive script. Finally, a child must learn that each letter represents a sound.
|Letter A||Letter B||Letter C||Letter D||Letter E||Letter F||Letter G|
|Letter H||Letter I||Letter J||Letter K||Letter l||Letter M||Letter N|
|Letter O||Letter P||Letter Q||Letter R||Letter S||Letter T||Letter U|
|Letter V||Letter W||Letter X||Letter Y||Letter Z|
We created free worksheets to help your child learn the letters of the alphabet. Our database contains over 150 alphabet worksheets that assist a child in learning the name, shape and most common sound for each letter. Ideally, letters should be formed from top to bottom and left to right with a continuous stroke when possible. Encourage your child or student to say each letters name and most common sound. We also created over 50 alphabet coloring pages and provide a list of letter activities that assist a child in learning the letters.
Free Printable Alphabet Flash Cards
Pictures and keywords help a child remember the name and common sound of a letter. To ensure that the letters on each card are facing the same direction, cut off a corner, e.g, the upper right-hand corner.
Use the above flashcards to help your child or student connect the letter name, shape/form and consonant or short vowel sounds. With these cards, perform the following:
- As you hold the card, tell your child the name and sound of each letter, e.g. this is the letter "Dd" and it makes the /d/ sound. If possible, link it to an object or picture, e.g. dog or dad.
- Show your child the card; let your child identify both the name and sound of the letter.
- Have your child write the letter while saying the consonant or short vowel sound. As always try to keep if fun, so try to use nontraditional writing methods, e.g. chalk, sand, salt or cool whip.
Understanding that letters represent sounds, which form words is essential when learning to read, e.g., the word cat has three sounds (/c/, /a/ and /t/).