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How is the Alphabet taught in schools now?

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I'm not really sure how to word this as a Google/thread search so perhaps someone can help

I learnt the Alphabet almost 30 years ago and we were taught ABC as the words Ay, Be, Sea etc and then the sounds they made were taught when learning to read I think. I'm under the impression that it's now taught as the sounds ie Ah, Buh, Kuh etc and although DS is only 23 months I want to make sure that any time we're discussing it (he has an alphabet puzzle and we're giving him a book with the Alphabet in for his birthday)
I'm doing it the same as when he goes to school so if he does pick it up (fairly likely I think as he's copied numbers, and learnt things like opposites from books) he doesn't end up confused/annoying the teachers!

Please can someone explain to me how it is taught or direct me to a website or something about it? I'm particularly interested in if the letters are referred to as their names or sounds - for example I would say this is an aitch for house but the sound it makes is huh' -would they say 'this is a huh for house'??

mrz Tue 01-Jan-13 14:38:44

"(guessing words based on context being another)" does guessing equate to reading hmm and in order to have context the child needs to read the words ...context is useful for comprehension not for accurate word reading.

English doesn't have many many exceptions to the rules.

English has 44 spoken sounds but there are only 26 letters in the alphabet so children are taught that a sound can be represented by one, two, three or even four letters, one sound can be written in different ways and one spelling can represent different sounds. It's far more effective than "guessing"!

Blimey I leave you lot alone for 5 minutes and you start a bun fight! grin

We have a ton of books in the house which pretty much all get thrown on the floor and strewn around the room read every day. I'd like to know the 'correct' way to talk about the Alphabet because DS has already picked up a lot of information from them and if he's going to accidentally learn any of it from books/ganes/talking about letters I'd like it to be the same as when he goes to school even though it's quite a way off. I'm certainly not planning on teaching it to him but I'd like to be able to help him when he learns it at school. Thank you all for the information and experience.

As you were grin

teacherwith2kids Tue 01-Jan-13 15:46:25


When DS was showing an obsessive interest in letters and words, I got hold of the Teacher's Book for jolly Phonics (this was long before I became a teacher, btw). I knew that the school he was going to attend used Jolly Phonics and so wanted to 'do it right' and not confuse him.

I would recommend the Teacher's book above any other Jolly Phonic materials (which I never invested in) because it has clear explanations of the how and why and what of phonics in language that was clear to me as a mum.

[DS turned out to have taught himself to read before I so much as bought the book, so i didn't get to use it for him, but that's another thread. As mrz says, he appeared to learn through whole word memorisation, but when he started school and was taught phonics - for encoding (spelling) as he was already a very fluent reader - he turned out to have a very good self-worked-out knowledge of the phonic code]

KMandMM Sun 27-Apr-14 10:38:59

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