abcs for literacy

We teach the building blocks of children's literacy.

ABCs for Literacy provides the following PK & K foundational lessons free to help all children build solid literacy skills. Take time to repeatedly practice each lesson for your child to thoroughly learn the skill. Practice does make perfect. We teach phonics, phonemic awareness, and whole-language concepts. Early literacy is finely nuanced, the right step here or there can make the difference in your child learning how to read & write easily. Reading stories daily to your child is an essential step not to skip. Refer to the suggested Children’s Books list under Literacy Tips, books that so effectively teach literacy skills, and below. For a concise tutorial on key literacy skills to start school see Literacy Tips.

Our literacy program groups skills in , , building blocks to help your child progress without frustration. Help your child learn most of the skills in before working on the skills in to help progress your child easily. The learning activities are fun, and your child will want to learn more. Practice should start out at about 5 minutes and work up to about 10 minutes at a time, maybe 2 times a day. The goal is to keep your child engaged and loving learning. Learning is a journey, not to be rushed, but savored.

"Discover the magic of learning, step-by-step, block-by-block."

fairy dust
Touch the picture with your mouse cursor!

Directions : 1. Cut a glow stick and shake the contents into a jar. Add diamond glitter 2. Seal the top with a lid. 3. Shake ♥

Many PDF’s have activities to be printed on cardstock paper for practice.
Keep the activities handy in baggies to make learning fun and easy.

Singing the Alphabet

Name Song

Name Puzzle

Playdough Name

Find First Name

Suggested children’s books: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Martin & Carle), Bark, George (Feiffer): focus on child memorizing repetitive parts of text to say as text is read by parent. This makes a child feel like they are reading and builds interest.

Tracing First Name

Dropping a Letter & Writing First Name

Alphabet Puzzle with Alphabet Song

Learning About Letter’s Shape: Playdough Alphabet Letters

Suggested children’s books: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Martin & Archambault), Dr Seuss’s ABC’s (Seuss): focus on child becoming familiar with the alphabet. The Melissa & Doug Upper & Lower Case Puzzle helps a child “puzzle out” and practice much about the alphabet.

Paying Careful Attention to Letters: Matching Letters

Writing First Name with Name Displayed

Can Blend Syllables in Word to Say Whole Word

Attempts to Write First Name Independently

Suggested children’s book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Carle) focus on child learning to blend syllables to say whole word (parent says word in parts, with a good pause between syllables: moon-light, cat-erpillar, hun-gry, straw-berry, butter-fly, lolli-pop, sa-lami, cup-cake, water-melon, etc. and child tells you the whole word)

Color Letters to Learn the Letters

Can Drop Part of Word

Can Find Last Name

Last Name Puzzle

Suggested children’s book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Carle) focus on child learning to drop part of the word (say to child “what is popcorn without the corn?” “what is hotdog without the hot?” Practice with words in the book: cater-pillar, butter-fly, straw-berry, lolli-pop, sa-lami, cup-cake, water-melon, etc.) This skill helps a child learn to focus on the sounds in words.

Can Count Number of Syllables in Words

Can Recognize Rhyming Words- does cat sound the same at the end as fat & hat?

Practice Letter’s Sound with Picture Clue

Practice Naming Lower Case Letters

Suggested children’s books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Carle) practice counting syllables in words in the book by having child place their thumb under their chin and count the number of times their chin goes down as they say the word: caterpillar (4), butterfly (3), lollipop (3), salami (3), cupcake (2), strawberry (3), etc. The Cat in the Hat (Seuss) and Hop on Pop (Seuss) practice rhyming recognition. Dr Seuss’s ABC’s (Seuss) also practice letter sounds with word clues in book- ask child as book is read, “The words Aunt Annie’s alligator starts with what sound?” Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Martin & Archambault) practice finding & naming lower case letters.

Can Name the Beginning Sound in a Simple Word

Practice Naming Upper Case Letters

Trace & Write Alphabet Starting at the Top of Letter

Can Count Number of Words in a Simple Sentence

Suggested children’s books: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Martin & Archambault), Dr Seuss’s ABC’s (Seuss): focus on learning upper & lower case letters and use Dr. Seuss’s ABC’s book to practice naming overly-emphasized beginning sound in words such as barber, baby, bubbles (Note Seuss’s “camels on a ceiling” mixes “c” and “s” sound, practice with “c” sound: camel, cat, couch. And Seuss’s “x-ray and xylophone” mixes “x” and “z” sound, practice with “x” sound: x-ray, exclamation). The Melissa & Doug Upper & Lower Case Puzzle helps a child “puzzle out” and practice much about the alphabet. It is a good investment in learning.


Schools And Daycares: Link back to us!
Click on this banner to get the code for your website


Learn more literacy building blocks with an appointment.

Appointment covering these literacy skills and much more: Schedule Today!

Ending Sounds


Blending Sounds

Sight Words for PK, K, 1st, and 2nd

Daily Writing

Word Families



Word Endings

Writing Experience


Word Endings

Phoneme Substitution/Addition

Making Words/Making Sentences

Two Vowel Rule

Guided Reading

Writing Framework, we build literacy skills - to help a child learn to read & write easily.

Webcam appointments are available, at a time convenient to you & your child, and are guaranteed. Schedule an appointment today. We are educators helping children ages 3-7 learn how to read & write easily. Help with the above lessons or further lessons is just an appointment away. We help children build the skills to read with fluency and comprehension & write with understanding and meaning above grade level., we teach the building blocks of children’s literacy.

Please provide comments. Our goal is to help children learn how to read & write easily. Limit 1500 characters or 200 words.

security code

Enter Security Code:


Copyright 2017

P. Hamm, Founder & Educator

Educators helping children ages 3-7 learn how to read & write easily