The ABC song is one used in homes, schools and daycares all over the country. And at some point, we do need to know the letter names. But of far more importance and use for young children is to learn the letter sounds. We need to talk about the sounds the letters make. For example, what sound does the letter B make – buh. You get the idea.

Here are some ideas to get you using letter sounds with your little ones.

  • Play I spy looking for something beginning with _____ but use the sound rather than the name of the letter.
  • Choose a sound and name things in the room beginning with that sound.
  • Go on a walk looking for things beginning with ____.
  • Sing the ABC song using the sounds instead of letter names. This is quite hard!