Learning the alphabet (letter names) is great for pre-reading! When I teach the alphabet I teach the letter names as well as the sounds (some letters of course have more than one sound). I also teach the uppercase and lowercase letter (although my kiddos have all preferred to write the uppercase letters first).
When I say teach I mean guide the activities that I have outlined below - it isn't something that needs a degree or a classroom. I believe all parents are teachers (you teach them how to eat, get dressed, potty train etc. so yep, you're a teacher)! As you are teaching the alphabet just let your kiddo be the guide - choose activities/crafts that they might like or have fun with (you don't have to do them all), grab the supplies and have fun!
We are adding to our list of letters in the alphabet but here is what we have so far. If the links are colored then you can see the post. If it is not then it is coming soon.
p.s. I would love to hear your comments!
A - Apple Prints (and alligators)
B - Bubble Prints (and bubble experiments)
C - Corn (and carrots and caterpillars)
D - Dots (and dinosaurs)
E - Eggshells (and elephants)
F - Feathers
G - Gum (and groundhog's day)
H - Hearts (and a hippo and heart hunt)
I - Insects (and igloos)
J - Jello Jellyfish (and jellybeans & jam)
K - Keys (and kites & kool-aid art)
L - Leaves
M - Marbled Mittens (and mazes & monsters)
N - Noodles (and numbers)
O - Octopus (and O's)
P - Pumpkin Prints (and pumpkin decorating)
Q - Q-tips (and quarters)
R - Rocks (and rockets)
S - Seeds
T - Tire Track Painting (and tracks in the snow)
U - Umbrellas (and upside down)
V - Veggie Prints (and volcanoes and vinegar)
W - Worms (and water)
X - X-rays (and xylophones)
Y - Yarn (and yellow)
Z -Zippers (and zig zags)
Check out Teaching Little Ones at Home for her great Alphabet Roll and Graph Printable Game - I love it!