Alphabet – Writing Letter ‘a’ in English

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Writing Letter ‘a’ in English phonics sounds for kids Phase 1

Learning to write down the English alphabet letters could be a lot of fun, but what are these fun methods? Writing down the letters with the Play-Doh is one of these exciting and fun learning methods; Play-Doh is most probably found in every home and it is easy to depend on at the same time.

Prepare different Play-Doh pieces, a pencil that you are not using, and plan the letters that you want your child to try writing them down. The best thing about using the Play-Doh is that if one is ruined from the writing, you could easily use another and some different ways or games could be played with it.

Kids could do different letter shapes out of the Play-Doh and they could write on it as if they are writing on a piece of paper, which will also turn out to be interesting for them because they are not writing on paper as they are used to.

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Writing Letters with Play-Doh

Parents will choose a letter and ask the child to write it down on the Play-Doh, but before doing that, they should first ask them about the sound that the letter produces and at the same time let them trace the letter in the air with their magic finger to show how it should be written down.

To make the whole thing challenging for the child, try changing the way you ask them the question. At the beginning ask them what is the letter that produces a specific sound and then let them write it down, you could also make the movement done with the sound in jolly phonics and ask them what is the letter that represents it, and you could also bring it from the side of asking them what is the letter that their name starts with and also let them write it down. There are lots of different ways to choose the letter which the kids will write down and lots of ways to test their knowledge and memory.

Learning the English alphabet usually comes attached to other steps, such as knowing more about phonics and how the letters should sound, as well as learning to write these letters down correctly by following the same way every single time in order not to get lost at some point.

The interesting thing about using these different methods is that they not only educate the child and teach them to write and spell the letters correctly, but it also helps with the fine motor skills of the child and gives them the chance to improve their thinking skills; how they are going to use the different colours and sizes of the Lego to write a letter, how they are going to deal with the Play-Doh to create a letter, etc.

Help your child if he/she is finding a difficulty in something and guide them to the right direction also try to challenge them if they are good at the whole process and know all the answers to your questions, try to see how far they could get and how much they know. Challenging the child will bring you to some places you did not even think about or consider before! Kids are really smart.

Don’t ever worry if the child doesn’t know a specific thing because it all comes with practice.

Learning with Play-Doh can be lots of fun. Use Play-Doh to help your child learn the English alphabet. Make prints of the letters, write the ABC alphabet and trace the letters to help your child with their letter formation. A great resource for ks1 phonics and letter writing. Suitable for preschool and kindergarten as well as foundation stage or even those learning English.

We hope you enjoyed our article, you can check our other articles: What is Phonics?, Best Activities for the ABCs and The Alphabet- Amazing Phonics for Kids.

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