The Phonetic Sounds of Letters

Below is the alphabet with proper associated word to teach the phonetic sounds of letters we discussed in our "5 Mistakes" article series. These help emergent readers learn the first sound that each letter makes, which lays the foundation vital for reading success.

To use these letters and corresponding word, we recommend copying each word and pasting it enlarged on a piece of paper. Be sure not to capitalize any of the letters or words.

To help your child begin the lesson, you can sound out the 26 letter sounds and word like this: a a acrobat, b b ball, c c cactus… and so forth. Be sure to first practice the letter sounds on your own before showing your child. This ensures you'll be teaching the correct letter sounds to your child.

After you go through the lesson a few times, he should be able to follow this method on his own and proceed through the alphabet. You can always follow along and help on difficult letter sounds. We can't stress enough how important this lesson is in building the firm foundation and ensuring he'll succeed in the next level reading lessons available on this site.

To make this lesson even more fun, we created some wonderful products which use this same learning method. Please see our illustrated Alphabet Cards and our entertaining iPhone/iPad apps for more information. We also included this lesson with more words as a pdf download here. Be sure to read our articles on the five mistakes parents and teachers make when teaching children how to read.

Welcome to the first step in mastering the spoken and written word!

a
acrobat

b
ball

c
cactus

d
daisy

e
empty

f
fan

g
garden

h
hammer

i
igloo

j
jacket

k
kangaroo

l
ladder

m
map

n
nail

o
off

p
pan

q
quail

r
rabbit

s
sailboat

t
table

u
umbrella

v
vacuum

w
wagon

x
x ax

y
yacht

z
zebra

Related Articles:

Mistake #1: Teaching Children Letter Symbols Before Their Sounds

Mistake #2: Teaching Young Students the Names of Letters

Mistake #3: Using Uppercase Letters When First Teaching Children to Read and Write

Mistake #4: Using Confusing Teaching Methods When Training Children to Read

Mistake #5: Teaching Children the ABC Song