Caitie is sharing tips for using the preschool song “The Alphabet Song” in the classroom and at home for lots of fun learning with little ones. She has lots of great ideas! And she’ll lead us through the song using gestures – an excellent way to introduce a song to children. Our version of “The Alphabet Song” is gentle and soothing, making it a great song for young learners who are just beginning to explore letters.
Try these ideas in the classroom or at home!
- This version of The Alphabet Song is paced gently enough for young learners to be able to hear each letter and sing along. We have slowed things down, speaking the letters first, then singing, then inviting everyone to sing on their own. It is very lullaby-like, and great for sitting down with an alphabet chart and pointing to the letters as you sing along.
- When singing this song, it is important to properly enunciate each letter, and even exaggerate the way your mouth moves as you speak. Students can watch and learn how to speak and pronounce the letters themselves by watching you.
- Try using The Alphabet Song as a transition to signal that it is time for students to get their ABC books. You will find students singing along as they get their materials, and the soothing music helps prepare students to transition to the quiet activity of sitting down and writing.
- For older kids, try following along to the song using American Sign Language.
- Help your students recognize and practice their letters by giving them ABC flashcards and asking them to put them in order. Play this song in the background as they work.