Today I'm showing you how I use these flashcards to teach alphabet knowledge. If you haven't downloaded the flashcard templates, click here to download and print. And refer to this post to create them. Here's what we did:

ACTIVITY ONE: Recite the alphabet. Sing the alphabet song. Need help? Click here to sing along with Storybots. 

After arranging the cards in alphabetical order, ask your child to match the magnetic letters to the flashcard.

It's good to talk about uppercase and lowercase letters because young children need to be taught the difference between the two types of letters. Also mention that uppercase letters are used at the beginning of proper names and at the beginning of sentences. 

ACTIVITY TWO: This next activity is more advanced. The purpose is to see if your child knows what letter comes next in the alphabet. For example, on the top-left image, your child finds the letter J (capital and lowercase) because it comes after Ii. Just do four-at-a-time because it could cause confusion if there's multiple cards at one time. 

Activity ONE and TWO could be done independently. However, the next activity needs two players: 

ACTIVITY THREE: This activity focuses on letter sounds. First, review the sounds. I have two ways of doing this: 1) Show the flashcard and says its sound; 2) Watch this video because it reviews letters and sounds. Next, shuffle the flashcards. Stack them. One person looks at the card and says the letter name. The other player says the letter's sound. Then they look for the magnetic letter and place it next to the card. Continue until all cards are used.  

To add another flavor to this game, do this: Instead of naming the letter, think of a word that begins with the letter. For example, say  "octopus" for O and "house" for H. This activity helps with recognizing beginning sounds. It's a great tool for teaching phonemic awareness. Enjoy!