No time for flash cards had recently a few great tips on training the letters, which reminded me of the letter cards mum made for me when I was a kid. Big cards for capital letters, smaller cards for small letters and numbers 0-9. The letters are cut out of sand paper, so that tactile learners can trace the shapes. As my daughter has been recently (again) very interested in letters and writing, I decided to use the cards adopting a game No time for flash cards initiated: we spread the capital letter cards all over the floor, put on some Arne music and danced. When the music stopped, we took the next card from the pile containing the numbers and the small letters, and then my almost 4 yo had to find the equivalent capital letter. Soon her 2, 5 yo little brother wanted to join the fun, and did also well running to the right card following her sister. He also surprised me by actually knowing/learning some of the letters. When we pulled a number from the pile, we all had to jump as many time as the number told us.
Before little brother went to nap, he showed interest in tracing the letters with his finger, and enjoyed organising them to show his name. Nap time came, and big sis continued to play with the cards. First we organised the capital letters according to the alphabet. We got a lot of help by various alphabet songs, listened to the sounds, and compared the different pronunciation of the letters in the three languages in our daily life. After that she worked on her own matching the small and capital letters again. I found that this was a very good way for her to learn, which letters are the same but also to realise, how similar d, b, p and q are. She even held up h and n happily explaining how she found a difference in them.
Btw, did you know dyslexic people often have a hard time getting the alphabet right? If you or your child have dyslexia, or you suspect it, you should be in contact with Hero, short for Helsingin erilaiset oppijat (“the different learners of Helsinki”), by the metro in Kaisaniemi. They have tests (starting from 25e), free advice, different learning aids to be tried, free lectures for everybody but also learning groups for e.g. languages, maths and computers designed for those who may need more time/ another way of teaching than the school offers (mostly 10-20e/term). They frequently have “open doors” were you can get to know what they offer, so if you are interested, check their website on http://www.lukihero.fi.