As a former teacher turned stay at home mom I know how important it is to have an alphabet sound chart printable that’s easy to use at home with my kids.
So, I made one!
And I’ll share a free alphabet chart with you at the end of this post!!
I like to have letters of the alphabet visible in our home, so it can become a part of natural conversation.
Just like we would talk about art on the wall or a decoration on the book shelf.
Having the alphabet in your home can be a fun way to start the learning process instead of it being methodical, rushed or just another thing you have to do.
Over time education has become some sort of weird competition where teachers and moms alike are in a race to see how fast children can learn their letter names and sounds, so they can hurriedly move onto reading and beyond.
I say, let’s take our kids’ education back!
It is not a race.
Really quite the opposite.
It is time to slow down and really give them and us time to enjoy the learning process. Because learning doesn’t stop at the alphabet, so it’s important that they think it’s fun!
When I was in the classroom I always felt like character development was just as important as learning letter sounds and letters of the alphabet.
Speaking of letter sounds. You’ll find your free resources at the end of this post!
Young students can learn in a multitude of ways.
When we open our eyes to that. It makes educating and learning more fun for us too! And that matters because if you’re having fun your kids are more likely to have fun as well.
But for now, let’s get on with these alphabet letter charts. I’m going to walk you through how to use these chart templates.
So you can simply download, print and get started!
How to Use Letters of the Alphabet Sound Charts
Full disclosure using an alphabet sound chart does not need to be difficult for you or your child! So, go ahead and take a breath.
They’re simply a tool that helps children learn individual letters, letter recognition and letter sounds.
I’m going to go over the phonics skills you can work on with each of the printable charts I’ve made for you.
Plus, go over some simple activities you can do at home to reinforce alphabet practice.
Alphabet Sound Chart Printable
This beginning sounds chart is a great way to spark their interest and to start showing them a whole new world of letter sounds.
Just like we teach animal sounds. We can also teach letter sounds. Instead of this is a cow and it says moo!
You would say something like “this is the letter A and it says aaaa. Astronaut begins with the A sound.”
Definitely make it your own but I’m just trying to show you how easy it can be. I want moms to feel like they are empowered to teach their kids too! You are perfectly capable!
Time-Out for a Pep Talk
A little back story…when I was a public school teacher I thought that’s exactly where I would send my kids one day.
I went to public school as a kid, I taught public school as an adult and it would be a natural sequence of events for me to send my kids to public school one day.
But, when it got time for my oldest son to enter Kindergarten. It did not feel right. The long hours, the rigorous schedule, the being away from home for so long.
I felt led to homeschool and I was shocked!!
I NEVER thought I would be a homeschool mom, but here I am.
Even though I taught for years I still doubt my ability to teach my own kids from time to time. But, I know that I am more than able and those fears are lies.
So, I just wanted to give you a little pep talk.
In case you stumbled upon this blog post because you’re trying to figure out how the heck to I start teaching the alphabet to my child?!
These phonics resources I’m sharing with you today are great for the early learner! And an easy way for you to realize how teaching your kids at home can be much easier than you thought.
But, let me make it clear that I support ALL whatever method of education you choose! In my opinion other people have far too many strong opinions on how you choose to educate your own children.
You do what you think is best for your child and your family! And that will be the best!
And feel free to reach out to me if you’re interested in learning about what homeschool curriculum I have found and LOVE!
Ok, back to letter sounds 🙂
Alphabet Sound Chart Printable: Short Vowel & Long Vowel + Hard & Soft Sounds Printable
Letter sounds phonics charts like this are great for young children to gain knowledge on the beginning sound of consonant sounds and vowel sounds.
You can start saying these sounds to them. Even if you feel like they are not grasping it yet. They are hearing you and taking it in. Even if they aren’t verbalizing it just yet.
I especially love this version of the phonics chart because I’ve included pictures to go with soft and hard sounds for the consonants …
and long and short sounds for the vowels…
- and sometimes Y
This is a little more advanced and does not have to be covered until you feel like your child is ready. The most important thing is that you go at the right speed for them.
If you are a classroom teacher or you have multiple children at home this is great to be taught in a small group (with siblings or classmates).
Kids not only learn from you. They also learn from other students!
Alphabet Sound Chart + Written Words
These new words (to your child) for each letter of the alphabet will start to help make a connection between letter sounds and words.
I’m going to offer a few additional charts to help your child be exposed to different ways of learning the phonics sounds.
Overall exposure is always a good thing. Just having the words with the alphabet gets them curious.
They may even want to write the words or ask about the other letters in the words.
Curious learners are what we want!
Simple Alphabet Activities to Do at Home
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Alphabet Activities You Can Buy
First of all anything Melissa & Doug create is gold! But secondly, this puzzle is so fun and a great way for your kids to get their hands on the alphabet.
My boys love this fishing game and so do I! It’s great because it not only works on letter and number recognition but also fine motor skills.
These little suckers are so durable and fun to snap together. The goal is to match the upper case to lower case. But, they’ll also be working on color recognition and fine motor skills. Multi tasking baby!
Here are some other hands on games ideas you can check out. We’ve made a collection over the years. They make great gifts too!
I usually try to set something like this on our kitchen table in the morning. It is a great way to direct their play without directing their play.
Alphabet Activities You can Create at Home
Dot Marker Letters
Use these dot markers to make the letter of the week you are working on.
Then let your child to use a different color dot marker and go back over what you did.
Or if you want to make it a little more challenging. Give them these dot stickers and have them place a sticker over each dot you’ve created to make the letter.
p.s. You need these dot markers just to have at home. They are so fun and a great thing to pull out on those days where your children are just out of sorts. There’s a wow factor to them!
Post It Note Scavenger Hunt
Write the letter you are working on, on 10 or more post it notes and hide them all over the house or in one specific room.
Then tell your child to go find all the post it notes with the letter A on them!
Write the upper case letters you want to work on, on paper.
This big scroll paper works really well!
Then give your child post it notes with the lower case letter to go along with each upper case letter you’ve written on the paper.
Have your child match the lower case post it note to the upper case letter on the paper.
ABC Songs on YouTube
All these will probably get on your nerves at first but give them a chance, before you know it you’ll be humming them to yourself when you’re brushing your teeth at night, haha.
Now Onto the Free Stuff…
All these free phonics resources are for your personal use in your own classroom at home or in a school.
I sincerely hope all of these ideas help you. Please free free to reach out to me if you have additional question or just need a little support.
And know that your child will learn their letters and you are doing a great job!
You got this mama!!