Learning the alphabet is step one in learning how to read and write. The earlier they learn the basics of the language, the easier school will be. Besides reading books out loud as much as you can, kids need practice with the letters of the alphabet by themselves. I’m a huge fan of anything educational for kids, that’s why I love this post from Sarah at Frugal Fun 4 Boys: it lists a few great ways to teach kids the alphabet in a hands on way!
”Magically” appearing letters. This one was probably the most fun! I wrote out the whole alphabet in random order in white crayon. Owen painted over the paper with watercolors to reveal the letters. I had him name the letters as he went.
Paint letters outside with homemade sidewalk paint.
Letter “mosaics” with dry beans and glue. I drew letters with a pencil and had Owen cover them with glue and beans.