Dear USA
re my above reply, last paragraph, getting to know the alphabet.
I play various games with my students, using a plastic alphabet. Its a worthwhile exercise, although in the majority of cases the alphabet is given, it's good to know that T is towards the end and N is towards the middle, it does save precious time.
Of course, if the alphabet is NOT given the child should quickly write it out!
1] Jumble all the letters up, give letters to child in quick succession, every couple of seconds in a random fashion, ask them to put into alpha order, at first they get many out of order but eventually succeed pretty quickly.
2] Teach child the positions of three letters, this is very old fashioned, I remember learning this way when I was young
E=5th letter
M=13th letter. M for middle
T=20th letter. T for Twenty [ alliteration]
Ask child for the 8th letter, do not need to start at A, because they know E is the 5th, work on from there
What is the 18th letter, do not start at A, they know T is 20 work back 2
3] Using there knowledge of 2] ask them maths questions.
Add the position numbers of G and T
G=7 / T =20 answer =27
Take the position of H away from the position of P, give answer as a letter.
H=8 / P=16
168=8 answer =H
4] It really is worth trying to learn the alphabet backwards, they love reeling it off.
Ensure your child knows there are 26 letters in the alphabet, ts quite surprising the answers I get when this question is asked, it varies between 22 and 28!
Patricia
