The foundation of being able to communicate in written language is the alphabet. This where learning to read and write is all shaped. Two-year olds will often be able to begin to learn their letters, although others make take longer to mature. Before students can begin to recognize words and form words of their own a series of basic alphabetic skills must be mastered. It usually starts with the Alphabet Song and then projects forward from there. The next step is helping students be able to identify all the individual letters. It is best to focus solely on lower case letters at first and after students have a good handle on the idea, advance to the upper case. Having spent over ten years at the early primary grade levels I can tell you that each teacher approached the order of teaching the letters in all types of different ways. I would say half of the teachers present the letters to students it in sequential alphabetic order. The remaining teachers will either present them in usage patterns either based on the models their language program has put together for them or by their own theories that they have had success with.
These worksheets will teach your beginning readers how to recognize specified letters. Activities include letter mazes, identifying the specified letters within a story, matching lower case letters to the correct upper case equivalents, matching the correct pictures to word clues, coloring letters according to the given instructions, and choosing the correct letter to complete a given word based on picture clues. It is amazing how we take for granted that these symbols we call letters actual mean something when put together in a different pattern. It’s even more amazing that these letter groups (words) help us communicate ideas and human capital over years and years. Take a look at a language that is foreign to you. Do you understand their symbols? If you scroll down, you will see find a ton of fun worksheets that will help students become much more familiar with the letters of the alphabet.