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Are Alphabet Songs a Good Way to Teach ABCs?

Learn if alphabet songs are a good way to teach children their ABCs from reading specialist Anne Glass in this Howcast video.


Hi. my name is Anne Glass. I'm a reading and learning specialist at a private school in New York City and I work with Kindergarteners through 3rd graders on Reading, Word Study, and Writing Skills. In addition to be a reading specialist and learning specialist, I'm also a parent and today I'm going to talk to you about topics in reading. I'd be willing to bet that almost every single child in this country knows the alphabet song. Its fun, its catchy, and its a perfectly acceptable way to enter the world of literacy with your child. In fact, anyway you can get your child interested in learning letter names and other reading topics is just fine. Learning the ABCs can be supportive through melody, but its important to make sure that your child move away from singing the alphabet to actually saying it in a regular speaking as soon as possible. Now that doesn't mean that you could never go back to singing the alphabet song for fun, but it does mean that if your child can name his letters without relying on a melody, then you can be sure he really knows them. The one obviate I would offer when teaching the ABCs through an alphabet song like the traditional ABC song, is to make sure you articulate each of the letters as clearly as possible. I've seen so many little kids who think there is a giant letter called l-m-n-o, because they just start to slur together or co-articulate the letter names in the songs. So, I would even suggest taking some musical liberties when you get to the part of the song where you list l-m-n-o-p, to slow down and do those as clearly as possible. And the other thing you can do is to start reciting the alphabet out of order. The alphabet song is a great way to get all 26 letter names familiar and encoded into your child's memory but the real idea is to be able to recognize those letters and name them in isolation. So, do whatever you can to get your child interested. Sing every alphabet song you know. They're great also because they rhyme, but move away from alphabet songs quickly. You can always return to them just for fun, but make sure your child can say the alphabet without relying on a melody.

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