Discover Letters and Words
Letters and words are all around! Explore the world of words with your child as you are out and about. You are helping your child develop early reading skills as you talk to your child about the words you see all around you.
- Go on a letter hunt
Choose one letter and find as many as you can of the same letter. Try copying the letters you find on paper.
- Talk about letter sounds
Talk about letters as the building blocks of words. Identify the first, middle, and last letters. Figure out simple words together by helping your child make each letter sound individually in sequence.
- Play a name game
Names are powerful words because they represent special people in your child’s life. Practice writing the names of people who are important to your child.
- Point out words in print
Talk about spaces, punctuation, and uppercase/lowercase letters. Your child will learn about how words are printed.
- Find letters in the neighborhood
Point out road signs and the sports and store logos you see as you drive around your town or neighborhood. Help your child see that these icons can provide information.
Related IEL Resources
- Tip Sheet: Literacy across the Preschool Curriculum
- Tip Sheet: Things to Do While You’re Waiting: Language and Literacy
- Tip Sheet: Out and About with Preschoolers: Literacy Activities
Related Web Resources
Setting(s) for which the article is intended:
- Family Child Care
- Preschool Program
- Parents / Family
- Teachers / Service providers
Age Levels (the age of the children to whom the article applies):
- Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)