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Everything we wanted to know about the magnetic alphabet

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Everything we wanted to know about the magnetic alphabet
Everything we wanted to know about the magnetic alphabet

Today, when all kinds of didactic materials are available, children's magnetic alphabet can be called a universal assistant. It remains one of the most accessible aids, and teaching children in the form of a game will make it easy to remember letters, learn how to add syllables and move on to reading books.

How to start learning to read

Sometimes, due to inexperience, parents begin to study with the child the names of letters, not sounds. Such an approach can significantly complicate further work, because in this case, reading by syllables will resemble the enumeration of the letters themselves: “pe-a-er-o-ha-o-de” (steamboat).

Of course, an adult will rush to explain the differences between letters and sounds, but relearning is always much more difficult than starting from scratch.

Magnetic letters
Magnetic letters

Necessity or addition

As in any business, the baby must first be interested - the child can completely ignore the set of the magnetic alphabet by itself.

To do this, you should not often use it in your classes, but it is better to offer it periodically so that the baby has time to get bored and take part ingames.

In addition, the child will like it if the task is new every time, because there are many games with letters, which means that even a boring, at first glance, learning process can be turned into a real journey into the world of the alphabet.

Because this is a reusable manual - a necessary addition to other sources for the study of letters - icons, so far so incomprehensible to a small person.

What are magnetic alphabets

The choice is limited only by our imagination and wishes. It can be one-, two- or three-color, colorful, soft and even voluminous.

  1. Small size plastic letters are the most common. The figurine is about 2-3 cm without unnecessary decorations. Such letters do not distract attention and are suitable for children of any age - it will be easier for kids to remember them, and for older preschoolers to come up with a lot of games.
  2. Paper alphabet in the form of magnetic cards with images is bright and informative. It also depicts animals or objects that begin with a particular letter. But this is precisely what can become a disadvantage: the picture is associated with a certain graphic sign, and after that it can be difficult to move away from this image. In addition, it is paper, which means it will be much easier to damage than its plastic counterparts.
  3. Soft magnets with letters on a white background are handy, especially if the vowels are different colors from the consonants. In addition, they do not distract attention, but are suitable for older children - otherwise, they can quickly lose their presentable appearance.
  4. Largeplastic letters are convenient, clear. The main thing is to pay attention to the font, because sometimes some letters are not clearly represented. It is also worth checking the fastening of the magnets.
  5. Colorful multi-colored magnetic alphabet, made of durable plexiglass, can become one of your favorite toys due to its design. It is waterproof and scratch resistant, which makes it durable. Suitable for those who are not embarrassed by colorful colors.
  6. Soft magnetic alphabet is nice to hold in your hands. This is not boring plastic, and it also develops the tactile sensations of the baby.
  7. ABC 3D is also very unusual. It is a figurine - it's almost a toy, but it also carries information about letters. The downside, as in the case of the paper alphabet, can be a stable association with a certain word.
Volumetric magnetic letters
Volumetric magnetic letters

The advantages of letters on magnets

The advantages of the magnetic alphabet for children are obvious. It meets modern requirements for teaching aids, due to its comprehensive impact on the child. With its help, you can not only learn letters and learn to read in a playful way, but also improve memory, develop attention and perseverance, as well as fine motor skills of the child.

In addition, the magnetic alphabet is convenient to use at home and on the road: a flat box does not take up much space, the letters will not crumble if they are fixed on a magnetic surface, which is often offered in the kit.

Toy with magnetic letters
Toy with magnetic letters

Learning letters with the magnetic alphabet

Traditional is precisely the soundmethod of teaching reading. It is used in many schools and also develops the child's phonetic hearing.

It is better to start with the study of vowels - A, O, U, I, S. After that, learn some simple and common consonants (B, C, M, N, P) and gradually supplement the knowledge of the baby.

As you study the sounds, you can begin to acquaint the child with their graphic image - the letter. For younger preschoolers, it is very important to be able not only to see the letter, but also to touch it, hold it in their hands. This is where the magnetic alphabet comes to the rescue, reviews of the learning outcomes from which speak for themselves. Moreover, with such a variety, you can certainly choose the right material with which classes will be a joy.

colorful letters
colorful letters

Letter games

There are a huge number of games with the letters of the magnetic alphabet. Let's talk a little more about some of them.

  • "Fishing". It will be interesting for kids to play fishing, only instead of fish we will have letters. “Caught a fish”, named it and came up with a word. Perhaps at the very beginning the child will name one in which the letter is clearly audible in the middle or even at the end of the word, but this is just an additional reason to discuss the location of a particular letter.
  • "Transformation of words". In this game, the child can become almost a magician, turning words into others by changing only one letter. It is better to start with the simplest words of three letters (onion-lacquer, soup-bough, tooth-cube), gradually complicating (cow-crown).
  • "Shadow search". On thedraw the contours of the letters on a sheet of paper, and the child finds and applies the right one.
  • "The letters are swapped." There are words in which the letters can change places, turning it into others (forest - village, hair - word). It is also important to start with simpler options here.
  • "A runaway letter". In this game, it is enough to remove one letter from the original word, as it turns into a completely different one (wolf-ox, thunder-rose, Kolya - Olya).
Letter magnets
Letter magnets
  • "Escaped syllable". This game is similar to the previous one. The only difference is that instead of the letter “lost” a whole syllable or even two (a pie is a horn, a box is a barrel, a drum is a ram).
  • "Secret Pouch". Toddlers love surprises - this moment can also be used in learning the alphabet. For the game, we need letters and an opaque bag in which we need to put all the studied ones. The child chooses any of them and tries to identify and name it without looking. You can complicate the task - come up with a word for this letter.

Of course, the use of the magnetic alphabet is not limited to the proposed games. The functionality of this manual is much wider, in addition, it can be used in classes with a child both at home and in kindergartens.

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