These 20+ free alphabet worksheets are a great, low-prep way for preschoolers to practice letter tracing, letter recognition, and beginning letter sounds. All you need to do is download and print! Then your early learner will be well on their way to learning the alphabet!
Free Worksheets for Teaching the Alphabet
Are you teaching letter recognition skills to your preschoolers? When it comes to pre-reading skills, letter recognition is an important part! Preschoolers and kindergarteners need lots of exposure to the alphabet both upper and lower case letters. They need explicit instruction as well as plenty of indirect alphabet instruction. That’s where letter knowledge builds through playful and natural activities in day-to-day life. Reading books and finding letters, fun letter activities, songs, games, and even letter worksheets are all age-appropriate ways to get your youngest learners to develop their ABCs.
In fact, quality instruction in literacy is so important to me that I created a preschool literacy curriculum.
This curriculum is designed to provide children with a strong foundation in early literacy and emergent writing skills.
It includes daily lessons in oral language, phonological awareness, and phonics. In addition, the curriculum provides daily opportunities for children to practice their new skills through hands-on activities through games and printable preschool centers.
Check out this link for a free sample of my daily lessons in preschool literacy curriculum!
FAQs about Teaching the Alphabet to Preschoolers
Preschoolers need a lot of exposure to the alphabet. They need explicit instruction as well as plenty of indirect alphabet instruction.
That’s where letter knowledge builds through playful and natural activities in day to day life. To start teaching your preschooler the alphabet, try these things:
~ Read lots and lots of picture books!
~ Point out print around you.
~ Teach your child the letters of his name.
~ Teach each letter explicitly.
~ Do lots of whole alphabet activities, too.
~ Do hands-on alphabet activities.
~ Sing letter songs.
The alphabet should not be taught in alphabetical order. Teaching the alphabet in order puts a big focus on those beginning letters. Those are probably going to be the ones that your child sees and remembers most, since that Alphabet Song is so catchy!
Instead, teach the letters in order of how frequently they appear easily decodable words. Letters like s, t, r, m, n, a, o, and p should be taught first. These are “high-frequency” letters and emphasis on these letters first will allow children to quickly start reading simple words.
Many preschool alphabet activities that are done in the classroom can also be done at home. Beginning sound activities like these Beginning Sound Picture Seek Mats are a good option, as well as these Beginning Sound Fill-in Cards and these Year Long Alphabet Find and Circle Worksheets.
Don’t Forget the ABC Picture Books!
Learning the alphabet starts with lots of letter exposure! These alphabet books were designed to help young children learn letter names and their corresponding sounds. These books can also be paired with some of our 20+ free letter worksheets as a fun review. Take a look and add a few to your library!
Alphabet Tracing Worksheets
These alphabet tracing worksheets are perfect for preschoolers are are just learning to write the letters. Many of these worksheets have large letters which make it easier for early learners to practice letter formation.
Letter Recognition Worksheets
These letter recognition worksheets are a fun way to incorporate letter identification practice into a preschool theme or for your literacy center.
Beginning Sounds Worksheets
These beginning sounds worksheets are great for preschoolers who are learning early phonics skills.
Alphabet Books and Coloring Pages
These printable letter worksheets are great for creating an alphabet book or just to color while learning letter recognition and practicing beginning sounds,
With these 20+ free letter identification worksheets, preschoolers will get plenty of practice learning to write letters. They will also learn to recognize all the letters of the alphabet as well as practice identifying beginning sounds to prepare for reading. And the best part is these FREE worksheets require minimal prep time and can make alphabet learning so fun!