Examples of Concrete and Abstract ConceptsPrinted letters and numerals are abstract concepts, but they represent real concrete concepts. For example, the numeral “3” is an abstract representation of the quantity of three objects. In the case of letters, the sound of a letter is a concrete concept, and the printed letter is an abstract concept.
One of the best examples showing the effectiveness of moving from concrete to abstract concepts is language acquisition. It’s universally known that children learn to speak without any instruction. Children naturally absorb the ability to speak (a concrete concept). This requires absolutely no knowledge of the written word and proves that language is most easily learned through the ear rather than through sight. Successfully learning to read and write a language (abstract concepts) does not come naturally and takes much instruction and practice.
The Process of Teaching Children How to Read
First, teach them the sounds of letters before their letter symbols. This is best accomplished by using a phonetic alphabet, where only the sounds of the letters are taught.
It’s essential for children to begin learning this method. One effective and fun way to teach the sounds of letters is through movement and rhythm, which further helps anchor the information into the brain. In fact, studies show there is over a 98% retention rate when including movement and rhythm in lessons.
Secondly, pair each of the 26 phonetic letter sounds with a common object to emphasize the beginning sound of that word. For example: Say, “/a/ /a/ apple” or “/b/ /b/ ball.” Start with the beginning letter sound and repeat the sound before saying the pairing word associated with it. Follow this method with all 26 letter sounds. Click here to view the 26 phonetic letter sounds with sample pairing words you can use to teach your children. We suggest starting with 10 phonetic letter sounds a day and introducing new phonetic sounds as your children master previous ones.to view the 26 phonetic letter sounds with sample pairing words you can use to teach your children. We suggest starting with ten phonetic letter sounds a day and introducing new phonetic sounds as your children master previous ones.