Here are a few ways you can teach the order of the alphabet. These cards are called The Missing Letter Deck. The first set shows two letters and the letter before is missing, the second set shows the letter in between missing, the third set shows the after letter missing, and the fourth set has both the before and after letters missing.
I cannot remember where I got these cards originally, but I learned the concept from the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital Literacy Program. I probably found them online, printed them, cut them out, and laminated them. If I can find it available and free, I’m all for it! Just do a search for The Missing Letter Deck and you’ll probably find several versions of the cards. If you are pressed for time or just don’t want to cut out 102 cards, you can order them at EPS for about $25.
Start out with the first set of cards with the before letter missing. Show the card to your child and have him say the missing letter and then read the following letters on the card.
As with most learning activities, try to make it into a game and stop before they get tired. Small bursts (5 minutes or so) of learning after your child has been physically active can be extremely helpful to them.
Other ways to use The Missing Letter Deck at home:
- If they are very unfamiliar with the order of the alphabet, print an alphabet strip for them. Then, have them take the card and find the letters on the alphabet strip to find the missing letter.
- Use Sticky Tack to put them on the wall in spots your child will look and have him/her call out all three letters to you.
- Have your child grab a set and call them out to you or another family member that knows the order of the alphabet.
- If the deck is laminated, you could give your child a dry erase marker to fill in the missing letters. I don’t know what it is about writing with dry erase markers that is so exciting, but my students LOVE to use them! Little things seem to mean a lot, like using their favorite color of marker. One of the first questions I ask my students is, “What is your favorite color?”
This is just one of the many tools I use at Temple Tutoring. Enjoy this activity at home with your child! (Key word: enjoy!)