Teachers and parents alike can make use of free printable alphabet templates for students and young children learning how to print.
Teaching Kids to Print
Printing is the first step towards writing that most children in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten learn. The basic steps involve learning to print uppercase letters and then lowercase letters. While every classroom will have the alphabet printed somewhere in large, block letters for students to see, teachers still need a template to send home for student practice.
Free printable alphabet templates provide options for teachers and parents where student learning is concerned. For example:
- Teachers can attach the PDF in a mass email to parents so they have a copy on hand as needed
- Students can lay paper over the template to practice tracing the letters they are learning
- Templates provides a model for students to compare their printing to
- Templates are a quick and easy addition to a teacher's toolbox
Incorporating Letter Recognition
In addition to using the standard alphabet template, teachers and parents can incorporate individual worksheets for each letter of the alphabet. Twenty-six letters is a lot for a child to learn, but individual worksheets help children to:
- Identify letters visually
- Associate letters with people, places, and things (i.e. A is for apple)
- Learn to string letters together to make words
- Identify the soft and hard sounds some letters make
English can be a complicated language to speak and to write. The alphabet is the foundation upon which cognitive language development in reading and writing begins. Posting the alphabet template where a child studies or does their homework will provide continual reinforcement while he or she practices.
Find More Free Printable Alphabet Templates and Tools
While not free like the sites listed below, Alphabet Patterns provides access to more 153 fonts. If you are looking for a particular style or font for a craft or student project, this would be a good place to start looking.
For teachers and parents seeking specific letter templates, lesson plans and ideas for increasing alphabet learning, the following sites are a good place to start:
- Alphabet Stencils - This site provides multiple alphabet stencils that can be printed out for projects and crafts in and out of the classroom
- Educational Printables This site offers large block letter stencils of upper and lower case letters
- First School - This template site offers templates, printables, lesson plans, crafts, ideas, and suggestions for pre-kindergarten teachers to help their students maximize their learning of the alphabet
All children must learn the alphabet to begin reading. Learning the alphabet typically occurs in stages beginning when a child reaches the age of three.
- Parents begin with pattern recognition by pointing to a letter and identifying it.
- Parents sing the traditional alphabet song. The song is catchy and easily memorized.
- Parents help children to match letters to animals (i.e. C is for Cat)
Children most often recognize the first letter of their first name earlier than other words. Michael will quickly recognize M while Andrea will recognize the A. Typically, it is during this stage of cognitive development that the alphabet template is first introduced in pre-kindergarten.
The alphabet template on this page is in PDF form, which requires an Adobe Acrobat Reader plug-in to view and print. Adobe Acrobat Readers are free to download from the Adobe website. Simply right click the link above and choose "Save As," you will then be able to select the destination folder you want to save your PDF treasure map to.