Are you looking for some handy printables to help your little one start learning his or her letters and numbers? As a homeschool mama, I am always looking for helpful and FREE tools to help me teach my kiddos.
Whether your child is just getting started or needs a little review, these number and alphabet printables are a great addition to your teaching tools.
This number chart includes color-coded rows to help differentiate each set of tens. In addition, the tens and fives columns stand out with bright text colors for teaching skip counting.
When your child uses a number chart to count, they will not only learn to count in order but also learn number recognition. This number chart provides a nice teaching visual of how whole numbers are the repeating pattern of 0 – 9.
I use this number chart with my son weekly for review. He has now moved into addition and subtraction, but still goes back and grabs it when he forgets how to write a particular number. (like trying not to write a 5 backward)
These are no frills upper and lower case alphabet flash cards. They are great for learning to recognize letters and practicing letter sounds.
Some educators argue that associating letters with pictures, such as C with a picture of a cat, adds unnecessary additional mental steps for learning letters. So instead of recognizing the letter C and thinking of the sound C makes, they first think C, then Cat, and finally the sound it makes.
Pictures or no pictures it is your decision, I understand that every child learns differently. Personally, I have used a mix of both. When my son was just not learning certain letters (y, w, v), I found that the flashcards with pictures really helped.
These alphabet flashcards include on each card both upper and lower case letters along with a picture. The vowel cards include a picture that represents the short vowel sound. The consonant flashcards include a picture that represents the consonant primary sound. X being the tricky letter is the exception. (I used X-Xylophone instead of a word that has the true X sound at the end like box.)
A Little Learning Every Day
In preschool and kindergarten, there is so much learning that goes on in everyday life, so it is easy to arm yourself with just a few simple tools to prepare your child for reading and math. Spending only 10 – 15 minutes a day with your child on numbers and letters will go a long way to them being ahead of the learning curve.
Do you have a favorite tool for elementary education that is cheap and easy to find? If so, please share in the comments below. I love to hear what others are doing at home!
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