The very first step in learning to read is
Get those Alphabet Letter Names Memorized !!
Research from the National
Institutes of Health found that the best predictor of future reading success was
having the names of the letters thoroughly memorized at an early age.
This is a logical conclusion since once the alphabet letter names are memorized
- letter sound memorization is right around the corner. The sound made by
each letter is heard at the beginning or end when saying each letter name (except - h
- w - and y).
interest and memorization
In order to increase the
efficiency of memorizing letter names for young students, we have associated each letter with a unique
and creative cartoon character
(Baseball Bee - Cool Cat - Dancing Dinosaur - Kind Kangaroo - etc)
Sheets available with letters
on page as either
Lowercase - Uppercase - or both Lowercase & Uppercase
You can download our Alphabet Cartoon Characters with either
lowercase letters - Uppercase letters - or both lowercase and uppercase on the
page. Some teachers may prefer to post the lowercase letters at the top of
one side of the classroom and uppercase letters on the other side. If
space is very tight - you can print out our combination uppercase and lowercase
letter sheets. Whichever way you go - these attractive characters are sure
to attract attention and brighten up any classroom. Parents wishing to
give their younger children a jump in the reading process can post the letters
along a wall in either the living room or child's bedroom and refer to them from
time to time.
Which letters should we learn
first - Uppercase or Lowercase?
Although you'll hear different viewpoints on this - we don't believe there is
any significant benefit to one over the other, although one could argue that
lowercase letters are seen more frequently in print, and therefore, should be
taught before uppercase.
To download the alphabet letter
cartoon characters -
Decide whether you would like to download the letters in either lowercase,
uppercase or both uppercase and lowercase. Click either the Microsoft Word (blue) or Adobe Acrobat 4.0 (red) link
Download time is approximately 10-15 minutes with a standard dial-up connection.
File size is approximately 3 MB each due to the color graphics used with each