Help Your Child Become Aware of Letters and Words at

Home and in the Community

Help your child recognize its own first name in print.

Help your child recognize the letters in their own first name.


Encourage your child to “read” familiar signs.


Give your child opportunities to recognize and name letters of the alphabet.


Additional Ideas: Make a set of cards with the names of family members.  Use upper and lower case numbers as you did when writing your child’s name. Mix up the family name cards and encourage your child to find the name of each family member.


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Activities you can do with your child:

·  Help your child write the letters of their name.

·  Practice the “ABC” song.

·  All week look for things that are green.

·  Help your child build their name using magnetic letters.

·  Make an animal out of Play Dough

·  Have your child practice tying their shoes or the shoes of someone else.

·  Make a letter out of Play Dough.

·  Have your child write their name on a card and display it on the bedroom door.

·  Name four things that rhyme with “cat.”

·  Have your child make cookies to share with family or friends.

·  Sing a favorite song together.

·  Practice counting to 10 or higher.

·  Read a favorite book.

·  Have your child order a meal at a restaurant.

·  Help your child practice zipping their coat and take a walk with a family member.

·  Count Down! Count backward from 10.


Suggested Books for Four and Five Year Olds

My Name is Alice by Jane Bayer

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr.

Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

I Read Signs by Tana Hoban

Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book by Mauriel Feelings