Meet the Capital Letters
**2013 PAL Award Winner**
About this Book
Amusing rhymes and illustrations playfully introduce the alphabet and foster letter recognition by creatively giving “life” to the letters, based on their shapes, and revealing what they do when they’re not busy making words.
Rhymes are a powerful teaching tool and play an integral part in helping children develop critical thinking and memory skills, oral language, phonetic awareness, sound discrimination, and increased vocabulary.
The visual and auditory pictures created by the rhymes facilitate easy recall of not only the letter shapes and sounds but also how to correctly form the letters when writing them. For example:
• Reciting letter C’s rhyme, your child can recall that letter C looks like a circle; however, her right side remains open where the cats come in to doze.
• Reciting letter K’s rhyme, your child can visualize letter K flying the kite and recall that her right arm is stretched up and her right leg sticks forward for balance.
Children learn best through playful experiences, all of which serve as a springboard for literacy and help inspire subsequent reading and writing success. Recite the rhymes during play and while observing letters in daily and routine events. Add the rhymes to games and other fun activities that stimulate exploration and discovery.
As you read the book, engage your child in conversations about the letters and their activities that promote imaginative thinking. For example, why do you think letter I loves books? How can you stay fit like letter F? What would you cook at a barbeque with letter B?
• Younger children can point to their own head, arm, belly, etc., as you read about the letters’ anatomy.
• Teach right, left, top, and bottom direction as you discuss the letters’ shapes.
• Trace the letters and write them in the air as you recite the rhymes.
• Repeat the key word for each letter to reinforce its sound and ask your child to think of more words with the same sound.
• Count the objects on each page and name all the colors and shapes you see, for example, letter P’s tablecloth is made up of squares.
A rich vocabulary is a critical factor in language development and a key predictor of reading success. Take notice of not-so-common words and introduce your child to new ones each day.
When your child is ready for more focused instruction, use the rhymes as a tool to reinforce the letter components for beginning reading and handwriting.
Introducing letters C, E, and T:
C is a circle that doesn’t quite close.
Her right side stays open where cats like to doze.
C – Cats
E has three right arms from her top to her toes.
And everyone stares, everywhere she goes.
E – Everyone
T stands tall hauling timber on top of his head.
He’s building a tree house and painting it red.
T – Timber