Spice up your alphabet song repertoire with these variations of everyone's favorite song!
Start out singing the alphabet, but yell, "Stop!" at the natural pauses. For example, "A-B-C-D-E-F-G STOP!" Then, do the song, but place the stop at different intervals. "A-B-C-D STOP!" Your children will give you strange looks at first, but they'll soon find it hilarious. You can even let them choose when to say stop. This song reinforces the concept of letter knowledge, which is being able to distinguish letters from each other.
"The Alphabet Song" Sung to the Tune of…
Oddly enough, this song can be sung to other melodies besides "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." Try singing it to the tune of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" or "Baa Baa Black Sheep." You'll exercise your child's brain and help them think flexibly. What other tunes could you use?
In Sign Language, opens a new window
Watch this video (the singer goes at a slow pace) and try to use American Sign Language when singing the alphabet song. Fine motor skills for the win!
Usher's "Alphabet Song", opens a new window
The Sesame Street Gang help Usher with the movements for his version of the popular song. Children learn more when they move!
Be the Alphabet
Speaking of learning while moving, if you've ever attended a storytime, opens a new window with our storytime specialist, Michele, you know how much fun being the letters can be. Sing the song slowly and turn your body into the letters. How fast can you go?!
Does your family have a unique way to sing the alphabet or talk about letters? Let us know in the comments!