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Teaching the English Alphabet with FootStep Phonics Step 1

FootStep Phonics Step 1

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Get your little ones started on their literacy journey with Footstep Phonics Step 1!


Our program introduces children to the letters of the alphabet and their corresponding sounds in a fun and engaging way. With a specific sequence designed to encourage word building and recognition, your students will be on their way to reading and writing in no time.


Our colourful illustrations, handwriting practice, and certificate of completion add to the excitement of learning.


Give your students the gift of literacy and set them on a path to success with Footstep Phonics Step 1.

104 page student workbook

234 durable Flashcards

Covers 1 full year of study

Certificate of Achievement

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FootStep Phonics Student Workbook 1

"The level 1 phonics books added so much fun to our beginner reader classes this year, and I'm looking forward to teaching the next step of the course."  

                N. Hough

                Hong Kong English Teacher

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Teaching the English Alphabet: A Foundation for Language Development

The English alphabet is the foundation of language learning for young children. Teaching the English Alphabet not only helps them recognize letters but also lays the groundwork for reading, writing, and effective communication. Continue reading to explore the importance of teaching the English alphabet and learn a few practical tips to make teaching the English Alphabet engaging and effective.

Importance of Learning the English Alphabet:

  • Letter Recognition:

Learning the alphabet helps children identify and differentiate letters, which is crucial for reading and writing.

  • Phonemic Awareness:

Associating letters with their corresponding sounds enhances phonemic awareness, enabling children to decode and blend sounds to form words.

  • Vocabulary Development:

Understanding the alphabet expands a child's vocabulary as they learn new words associated with each letter.

  • Reading Readiness:

Mastering the alphabet prepares children for reading, as they can identify letters in words and recognize sight words more easily.

Effective Strategies for Teaching the English Alphabet:

1.  Multi-Sensory Approach:

Engage children through various senses by incorporating visual aids, tactile activities, and auditory exercises. Use alphabet charts, flashcards, puzzles, and songs to make learning interactive and enjoyable.

2.  Letter Recognition Games:

Play games that involve identifying and matching letters. Use magnetic letters, alphabet blocks, or interactive apps to make the learning process fun and engaging.

3.  Letter Formation:

Teach proper letter formation using tracing activities, sand trays, or writing on whiteboards. Encourage children to practice writing letters independently.

4.  Alphabet Books and Stories:

Read alphabet books and stories that emphasize letter sounds and vocabulary. Encourage children to participate by pointing out letters and sounding them out.

5.  Alphabet Crafts:

Integrate hands-on activities by creating crafts related to specific aetters. For example, make an "A" for apple collage or a "B" for butterfly mobile.

6.  Word Association:

Connect letters with familiar objects or words to reinforce learning. For example, associate "D" with "dog" or "S" with "sun."

Teaching the English alphabet is a crucial step in a child's language development. By using interactive strategies, incorporating multi-sensory activities, and making learning enjoyable whilst teaching the English alphabet, educators and parents can expect children to master this step of their phonics journey with ease.  Remember, a solid foundation in alphabet knowledge sets the stage for successful language acquisition and literacy skills. So, let's embark on this exciting journey with our young learners by teaching the English alphabet and watch them thrive in their language development.

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