Learning Our Abc’s With An ABC DIY Book

In this post, I am going to tell you how to create a custom Alphabet DIY ABC Book. So although using Magnetic Letters should still be your go-to method when teaching something new, there are many other ways to teach the alphabet. Let’s find out how to teach the alphabet with our very own Alphabet DIY Book!

Let’s continue where we left off with teaching the alphabet. So far we have talked about using Magnetic Letters and how they are a much more concrete method of teaching. Then we talked about how using Gross Motor skills was beneficial when learning to form letters and write our name. Next, we talked about providing motivation and an additional resource by creating a Letter Bead Name Necklace. 

Let’s Continue Teaching Their Name

As I said before, one of the most important words to your child is their name! They own that word. It’s how people identify them. If you missed Step 2: Teaching the Alphabet With Magnetic Letters, go back and check it out. It really is good stuff. Here is our Different Ways list from last time. Today we’ll learn about creating our own Alphabet DIY Book!

Different ways to teach The Alphabet and their name

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Alphabet DIY Book

The Alphabet DIY Book will be the first book that your child can read. This is also motivation to learn all the letters of the alphabet. They can’t finish the book until they can identify all of the letters in isolation. It will be another resource to use while reading and writing.

What you will need:

  • 14 – 5 x 7 Index Cards
  • Marker or Sharpie
  • Stickers or Clip Art or Drawings
  • Yarn or Brads or Ring Fasteners or Staples

Put It Together

First, decide how you want to construct your book. There is no right way, just options. If you want to be able to leave a page open as a resource for writing, it’s better to use yarn loops or ring fasteners. That way you can turn the pages and the book will lie flat when open. The other ways work as well, but your child will be distracted by constantly smoothing out the book to try to keep it open. Create your blank book with 14 cards fastened together in your method of choice. My favorite is ring fasteners!  

Make A Cover

On the cover, you will want to write your child’s first name and the title. Example: Kathleen’s Letter Book or Kathleen’s Alphabet Book or Kathleen’s ABC Book. You don’t need to make it fancy, but you do need to write in your neatest handwriting. (Another option is to type and print their name and glue it to the cover.)  This will be a useful writing model and a resource for your child. 

Add the Alphabet

Don’t forget to skip the backside of the cover and start on the second card. You will write the Capital letter and the Lowercase letter on the Left-hand side of each card/page about 1-2 inches high. Each page gets its own letter – Example: card 2 gets ‘Aa’. The back side of card 2 gets ‘Bb’. At the bottom of this post, you can find a page from my ABC Alphabet Letter Formation Card Set on TeachersPayTeachers that you can download and print if you would rather use that. Cut out the letter pairs, glue them to the page, then trace over them with a sharpie.

Known Letters

If they know the letter they get to add a picture to that ‘page’. When I say ‘know’ I mean every time and quickly identify. It doesn’t count if they have to sing the ABC Song to figure it out. This is where you would put a sticker, clipart, or a drawing on the page. Clipart is the easiest since you could work together to decide what starts like that letter sound and make a list then look online to find clipart. If you paste them into a PowerPoint page, you could print them all at the same time. Just set your page to paper size under the custom slide size. If you need a tutorial on how to do this, just let me know! 

The most important thing to remember is they need to pick the picture that goes on each letter’s page. If they don’t select the picture, the link to the letter and sound won’t be as strong. So, on page 2 you would have a written Capital letter ‘A’ and a lowercase ‘a’. You would also have a picture of something that starts with the sound that ‘a’ makes. I recommend just using the most common sounds for letters since this is a complex task for a beginning reader. You could always add more cards/pages later if you want to have a page for every sound each letter makes.

Read The Book

Once you have some known letters and have added some pictures to those pages, its time to practice reading the book. Example: If ‘Aa‘ is a known letter and your child has selected a picture of an apple for that page you would read it as follows – “a a apple” pointing to each letter and the picture as you read. If ‘Bb’ is an unknown letter, you would read the page like this – “b b“, then you would have your child read it with you. You still want to use the book as a way to practice the unknown letters, so you will read each page whether it has a picture on it or not.

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Hands-On Learning

None of these ways to learn the alphabet needed a workbook or worksheet. All of these ways are memorable and build on each other. When teaching the alphabet, you will not work on one way until it is mastered. You will work on all of these ways at the same time… just maybe not the same day!


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