It was lots of fun to make the alphabet images below. At first, I started making them for my son. Later I had fun using them with my students. I’m glad I did too because to be honest, I learned a thing or two in the process. Even though making alphabet sets looks simple, there are a few pitfalls to look out for.
Here are a few things to look out for.
The first thing to look out for is variations in fonts. Some letters can look confusing to young eyes. Other letters don’t line up nicely all the time. For young learners, simple is best. They really only need lines and circles. But if the lines and circles don’t line up uniformly, kids can get confused. The guidelines on children’s paper works wonders but only when used well.
In my son’s case, he learned to read and write all the capital letters by about two years old. But lower case letters were a little confusing at first. Therefore, choosing a font with small differences between upper and lowercase letters helped.
Finally, one last thing to look out for is being too rigid with letters. After all, their pronunciation will vary a lot when you get to phonics. So it’s good to be a little flexible. In the sets below, you will find multiple versions of certain letters. This is because they are pronounced differently depending on the words that use them. For example, compare the “y” in “sky” and “yarn.” Or the O in “octopus” and “orange” and the C in “cat” and “circle.”
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