Letters and Their Sounds Poster

CAD$15.00

Teach letters effectively so that your child can read and write with freedom! This poster leads families towards a better way to learn the alphabet. One letter at a time instead of the whole alphabet at once. Letters and their sounds, with names later, instead of letters and their names only.

Description

Teach letters effectively so that your child can read and write with freedom! This poster leads families towards a better way to learn the alphabet. One letter at a time instead of the whole alphabet at once. Letters and their sounds, with names later, instead of letters and their names only.

Features:

  • The easiest letter to learn, M, is on the top left! This helps avoid blindly following alphabetical order.
  • Sounds formed near the front of the mouth are on the left! Children can see how they make these sounds in a mirror!
  • All letters are in lower case, following educational best practices.
  • Checkboxes on the poster give children a sense of progress and remind parents and educators to teach them one at a time.
  • Consonants and vowels are on separate posters, so that families can see they function differently and teach consonants first.
  • Illustrations are minimized to avoid distraction and an excessive focus on memorizing the spelling of a single word

How to use it:

  • Have very brief lessons with your child every day
  • Start with consonants, start with M
  • Teach children the letter (what it looks like) and its sound
  • Play games involving finding the letter or forming the letter while saying its sound
  • Put a checkmark in the checkbox using a different colour at each milestone:
    • When a letter and its sound is introduced
    • When they can say the sound from memory
    • When they can find all instances of that letter on a page of a book, a cereal box, or other document
    • When they can form the letter with modelling clay or a crayon
    • When they can do the above without looking at the poster
  • Teach the name of the letter only after they have achieved the above milestones
  • After M, go down the first column teaching one letter at a time

Benefits:

Avoid the dangers and wasted time of typical alphabet instruction. Typically, learning all the letters in alphabetical order with only their names will make a child dependent on receiving spellings from adults and memorizing every word, a method of learning reading and writing that has been scientifically discredited. Instead, parents from all backgrounds can give our children the freedom to read unfamiliar words and write invented spellings, a necessary and healthy phase of language development.

Details:

  • Set of 2 posters, each 9.5” x 14.5” (24.2cm x 36.8cm)
  • 18-pt cardstock, matte finish, unlaminated

Before teaching the alphabet, we recommend developing your child’s phonemic awareness first. For more information on how to do that, click here.