In Teaching Children About Letters, singing alphabet songs was one suggestion to increase kids’ alphabetical awareness. That being said, I really wanted to share some songs that would fit that bill. I am very partial to Dr. Jean, Jack Hartmann, and They Might Be Giants. In addition to their songs, I found a variety of other alphabet-related music for your (kids’) enjoyment!
Why are alphabet songs important to the letter learning process? Well, I’m glad you asked! The most important reason is that they are a FUN way to reinforce letter names, alphabetical order, letter sounds, etc. Children love to sing and dance, so why not run with that love of music when teaching letters?! Many of these songs incorporate physical movements, as well as being fun songs. Children learn in many different ways, and movement is part of that. It gets their bodies moving, given them a different memory to associate with letters. It also makes it a little different, and people inherently remember unique experiences. Now, onto the “alphabet playlist”!
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- ABC Kick Box
- Letter Pops
- Cheering Letters
- Alphabet Forwards and Backwards
- Who Let the Letters Out
- Letter Aerobics
- The Alphabet’s in My Mouth
- Vowel Cheer
You can find Dr. Jean’s site here. It has a ton of music, as well as an amazing amount of ideas for teaching young children.
- ABC Disco
- Learning Letter Sounds
- Vowel Sound Samba
- Hands Up for Letter Sounds
- Move to the Alphabet
Jack Hartmann’s site is here, if you’re looking for all of his albums in one spot.
- African Alphabet
Just for fun, you should also check out Barenaked Ladies’ song “Crazy ABCs” (from the CD “Snacktime!”). It’s all about words that don’t follow the usual letter sound rules. It was good for a laugh, but I wouldn’t use it when just beginning to teach young children about letters and their usual sounds!
What are your favorite kids’ alphabet songs? I’d love to add some more to this list, so please be sure to share them in the comments below! There are a ton of additional literacy ideas on my Balanced Literacy Pinterest board, too.
Shared at The After School Link Up