Uppercase and Lowercase Letters

The Alphabet is the names of letters. Children need to be able to identify and name the Uppercase and Lowercase letters in text before they learn the sounds that the letters make.

About Uppercase and Lowercase Letters

The Alphabet is the names of the letters that make up words. Children need to be able to identify and name the Uppercase and Lowercase letters in text before they learn the sounds that the letters make.

The Traditional Alphabet song at a normal speed is quite fast for learning to recognize the Letters in the Alphabet.

To assist your child’s learning of the names of the Uppercase and Lowercase letters, sing the Traditional Alphabet song very slowly with your child and as you sing each letter point to each Uppercase and Lowercase Letter Flashcard (Letter Flashcards).

For additional practice, say a letter and ask your child to point to the correct Uppercase and Lowercase Letter Flashcard (Letter Flashcards).

Heather believes that Uppercase Letters and Lowercase Letters should not be referred to as big and small letters. Heather feels that big and small refers to the size the letter is written which is confusing to a child when they see a Lowercase Letter written larger than an Uppercase Letter.

Instead, Heather finds it fun to refer to the Uppercase as the “Daddy” Letter and the Lowercase Letter as its “Baby.” This idea helps the young child understand that they are like a family and are the same letter just a “Baby” and a “Daddy” version of the letter.

The technical terms can later be taught when the child is older, like around 3-4 years of age. But by explaining the idea of each Uppercase and Lowercase pair being part of a family, young child can understand that the Upper and Lowercase version of each Letter is a pair and when the child moves to Letter Sounds they will not be confused when the Upper and Lowercase of each Letter produces the same sound.

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