V Alphabet SongPosted by Mike Schuck
Have you ever noticed that every child seems to learn their ABCs at around one year of age? That is, they start with A then B then C! This pattern has inspired many educators to use an alphabet song as a way to teach children their first letters and how to sound them out.
Many schools have students sing their letter songs for different length intervals depending on the student’s grade level. There are even apps designed to help kids practice their spelling by having them identify and spell various words while listening to the appropriate music!
It may seem like overkill (especially if your kid loves regular “ABC” songs!), but this does make sense. When babies begin to understand spoken language, they begin to recognize sounds. As we know, the sounds made in English come from the combination of consonants and vowels.
The hard part is knowing what each vowel is and what position it takes in a word. For example, the e in cat and the oo in book both are short, and thus, are not really pronounced. However, when they appear after a nasal consonant, such as an n or a m, they become long and strong, which makes them more prominent in the syllable. You can probably already tell where I am going with this!
Consistently sounding out all of the vowels will give you some key insights into how people speak our beautiful language.
B is for ball
Let’s do an alphabet song with the letter “B!” I will start the music, you sing your line, and then we join back together. B is for BALL! It’s a little softball to be exact but it’s still fun to play around in the yard.
The kids can run around outside as long as they are in good shape and staying within bounds. They can play hard like when they use their feet to kick or throw the ball, or they can play more gently by using their hands or throwing from distance.
They can also add some rhythm to their throws by jumping quickly while keeping time with the music.
C is for cat
Let’s start with c-c-cat! To sing this song, you will need someone to be a strong vocalist and leader. That person can be your friend or family member who loves animals. You both should agree that the first note of the song is G natural. When singing the second line (the third syllable), most people choose to lower their voice one tone down (think of it as lowering your pitch). The final word in the second line is “meow” which rhymes with the first word so there are no stress patterns to consider when singing it.
The lyrics to the third line are also very easy to remember. It goes like this:
C is for cat, what a great name!
That does not sound at all like a real letter!
Try saying these three lines out loud quickly and you will see how easily you can recall them. Now try to do it while keeping some rhythm and rhyming with the words.
D is for dog
In every culture, dogs are an important part of life. They help us connect with our environment and other people, they fulfill emotional needs, and they give us unconditional love.
They also howl!
A wolf pack howls at night to communicate with each other and keep watch over their territory. When we listen, it’s like reading between the lines to understand what things matter to them and to learn about who they are as individuals and as a group.
We can use this knowledge to enhance relationships with others. For example, if your friend isn’t responding when you talk to him or her, try listening more intently and asking questions. You might find out that he or she is having trouble at work and it's making them unhappy.
You could ask whether there's anything you can do to help, or whether someone else in his or her team can take on some of the workload. Or maybe you'll realize that you both need to back off and relax together after a hard day.
E is for elephant
Let’s do an alphabet song with the letter “E!” For this song, I will be singing as I write.
F is for frog
Does your child know what every letter of the alphabet means? Then it’s time to start practicing phonics! The first sound in the word “phonetic,” which means voice or pronunciation, is the letter P. Let’s learn about the other letters by doing an interactive fun activity with our friends at LearningWorksheets.com.
The website gives you the option to create your own set of flash cards from a collection of pictures and sounds. It also offers setting up your computer or phone as a screen so that you can easily access the flash cards anywhere!
For this activity, we will be looking at the picture of a frog and the corresponding spoken sound. Check out the link above to get started.
G is for girl
Let’s do an alphabet song with the letter “G!” Start by singing either the first or second line of the lyrics. For the rest, just say what letter you are (no music!). The next lines will then be filled in and added onto the original lyric.
Line one: Girl
Line two: Get out the way
Line three: Good night, good luck, have fun!
Reminder: When doing the alphabet as a song, it is important to sing each word distinctly and clearly. Make sure your tone, volume, and style match the setting!
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H is for horse
Let’s do an alphabet song with the letter “H!” For your music note, use a slow tempo and no more than two beats per line.
The lyrics should be easy to sing along with and should also make sense. The word horse can be either a rhyming or non-rhymnging sentence depending on how you say it.
For example, if you said “horse show” then it would be a rhyme because of the -y sound. But if you said “show horses” then it wouldn’t be a rhyme because there isn’t a final -y sound.
I is for ice cream
In this alphabet song, the first letter of the word “ice” is replaced with the sound "s" (for example, instead of saying "watermelon," you say "spa-u-ce"). Then, the second vowel in the word "cream" is changed to an "i." This creates the rhyme: "Spaiic e/ice c/ream" which is pretty catchy!
This poem was written by Grace Duffey and she published it online back in 2009. Since then, it has gone viral and been adapted many times. Some people have made their own lyrics or music to go along with it while others have created new versions of the poem.
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