the letter A
The letter A/a
The alphabet is made up of letters that can be used to make words. Every letter has a name and can make its own sound. Many letters can make more than one sound.
Download our Letter A: Sound and Letter A: Handwriting practice worksheets below.
These activities introduce your child to the letter's sound and shape. What is the name of the letter? What sound does it make? Can it make more than one sound? Can you place this letter in the correct place in the alphabet? Can you think of any words beginning with this letter? These activities have also been designed for handwriting practice.
Common Core Alignment:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
The letter A, as in Apple.
Apple starts with the letter A.
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Learning the alphabet is the first step on every child’s reading journey. Research shows that children with prior knowledge of the alphabet learn to read more easily and more fluently, so it’s vitally important that the alphabet is taught in a playful and engaging way.
When learning their ABCs, children have to understand that each letter has a different shape and name, and that letters combine to form words. By making it clear that the letter A is not just for apple but also for avocado, children learn that A makes a constant sound across different words. Learning the most common sound that each letter makes is an essential, foundational skill that will be built on later when children encounter phonics.
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