Awareness of the alphabet is the ability to understand that the alphabet is made up of different letters and to distinguish those letters from numbers or other symbols.
The development of awareness of the alphabet leads to:
*Foundational skills for reading and writing
*Foundational skills for phonological awareness
|Looking Ahead to Kindergarten||Family Engagement||Special Populations|
|In kindergarten, students will work to identify and name all uppercase (capital) and lowercase letters of the alphabet (K.R.2.4)||Encourage families to:
*Create their own simple literacy corner/area at home with books, pencils, and paper.
*Use texture letters such as playdough, felt, or magnets to support in how the letters are made.
|Across all developmental stages, educators can:
*Create an environment filled with print materials to increase their skills for alphabet awareness.
Frequently engage infant in books by reading, looking at pictures, and providing opportunities to handle books on their own
Consistently provide infant with board or cloth books (that can be cleaned and mouthed) with a variety of real pictures and textures
|Point to pictures, words, letters, symbols, and labels while engaging with books
Consistently provide child with board or cloth books (that can be cleaned and mouthed) with a variety of real pictures and textures
|Display and point out each child’s name throughout the environment
Intentionally incorporate letters, words, and common symbols in the environment
|Use songs and rhymes to increase name awareness
Write, display, and point out child’s name often
Provide many types of reading materials, including informational, poetry, alphabet, counting, and wordless picture books
Offer opportunities to create letters out of different materials (e.g., pipe cleaners, playdough, yarn etc.)
Create space in interest areas where children can make letters with paint, sand, shaving cream, etc.
|Model and support using letters for meaning (e.g. writing an agenda for the day or making a card)
Assist child in identifying their own first name in print
When reading to a child, point out upper and lower case letters
Read books that also have numerals, and talk about the distinctions between numerals and letters