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Kindergarten Readiness: Letter Naming

What Is Letter Naming?

The ability to name a series of letters in a limited amount of time.

How Can I Teach This At Home?


1. Use flashcards to have children turn over letters and name them as fast as they can.

2. Play with alphabet cards! Children will learn the association of objects and the alphabet as one.


1. When reading a book with your child, ask them to point out all the letters they can see on the page!

2. Point out all the different letters as you read them, especially if they are illustrated in different sizes and colors.


1. Sing "Old MacDonald" with your child! The repetition of EIEIO will help them learn the vowels.

2. Sing "BINGO" with your child.

1. Have children point out and name letters when they see them.

2. When a letter appears multiple times, show children how many times the letter can be used in a sentence.

1. Have children practice their writing by writing a string of one letter, uppercase and lowercase, in a line.

2. Have children write down letters that they see in their books.

3. Write out 10 letters on a piece of paper. Say to your child, "Point to the letter 'C'".

Skills Checklist

Where Do I Start?

Need More?

The catalog for the Waco-McLennan County Library is available here!

If you want to search for more resources in our catalog in this subject, we suggest you search for the following subject headings:

For more assistance with searching and locating items held by the Waco-McLennan County Library, use our Ask a Librarian feature available on our catalog website or stop in to one of our branches!

The Waco-McLennan County Library provides patrons with access to resources through our Electronic Resources page, which can be found here. Suggested databases are listed below:

Did You Know?

Children usually recognize the letters in their name first!

Online Resources

There are many different online resources for early literacy - and we know it can be overwhelming. The following apps, blogs/newsletters, videos, and websites are some of the materials we would recommend to learn more about rapid letter naming!