As my toddler began singing the alphabet song around the house, and showing an interest in the sounds the letters make, I decided it was high time to get an alphabet chart poster for the playroom. One would think that finding such an alphabet chart would be a piece of cake. Not so. Most alphabet charts or A-Z type books for children have two critical errors. Let’s take a look.
The first mistake involves the letter X. How many times have you seen an alphabet chart where X is for xylophone or x-ray? Guess what? Those words don’t actually make the “Xx” sound. Instead, look for charts that use words like box or fox. Even if the word doesn’t begin with the letter, these words model the sound more appropriately, which is what students need as a reference.
The second mistake involves the vowels. Most children can look at the vowels and acknowledge the long vowel sound. The vowel says its name, pronounced the same as the letter. It makes sense then, that each of the 5 vowels should model a short vowel sound which is a skill that can be more challenging to master. So, for the letter “Ii”, words like igloo or insect would be better choices than the word ice cream.
Take a quick scan of the next alphabet chart you come across and let me know what you find!