Mavis Love December 14, 2020 Alphabet Worksheet
But, like most Oriental peoples, they wrote from right to left. When the Greeks took their alphabet, they changed the direction of writing and wrote from left to right as we do today. In doing this, they turned the letters around. You can see, in the first article in this encyclopedia-the article on the letter A-how we got our present letter by the turning around of the ancient letters. The exact form of our capital letters was developed chiefly by the ancient Romans. Our small letters, and our handwriting, were developed because with them it is possible to write faster. The English alphabet, like other alphabets that are used throughout the world, is very far from perfect. There are many people who are anxious to change it so that it will be easier to tell how a word should be pronounced the first time you read it. Reading is more difficult when a single letter, such as A, can be pronounced in six different ways. Still, the modern alphabet is one of the greatest works of the human mind, and has been at least as responsible as anything else man has done for the growth of civilization.
Other activities for kindergarten include jigsaw puzzles. There are also worksheets that teach children about some biblical characters, and how to help a community. These activities are not limited to individual work. There are also worksheets that require a group effort to finish the task. This way, children learn to work in a team. This is a very effective group activity in helping them realize the importance of cooperation and teamwork. At a young age, kids are first taught to write letters in print only. When kids reach the age of eight to ten, they are taught how to write in cursive. They may find this quite difficult and boring at first. But one fun way to teach them this is to use worksheets also.
The Phoenician alphabet is acrophonic meaning each letter represents the initial sound of the name of the letter. For example, the last letter in the Phoenician is called "taw" or "tah" (meaning mark) and led to our current letter T with the same sound. The Greeks adapted that alphabet in the eighth century BC by adding vowels. The Etruscans borrowed the Greek alphabet which was later adopted by the Romans. These early scripts were most frequently written by pressing or scratching a stylus into a soft clay tablet which was then allowed to harden. By the first century BC, the Romans had developed several scripts. There was a cursive hand which could be quickly scratched into a wax tablet or written with a reed pen on paper made of papyrus. There was also a script called the Imperial Capital which was carved in stone and survives on monuments and buildings from the time. This script was also written using a brush on paper. All subsequent Western scripts have evolved from the Roman letters, in fact the Imperial Capital script serves as the basis for our modern capital letters.
In the initial stages you are only required to start with learning and mugging up the shapes and sounds of the alphabet. You may not worry about writing the alphabet till you have mastered the shapes and sounds of all the alphabets and some typical words that are often used in the language. As in English language Arabic also has a song that can be used to learn the alphabets easily. Even though this seems to be a childish method of learning the language, you have to start in a way akin to children when they first learn their mother tongue. There are no vowels in Arabic language but analogous to English vowels there are alphabets in Arabic that serves similar purpose and helps in determining the pronunciation of different words in Arabic. Mentioned earlier, the symbols that are placed above and below the character act as the vowel and determine how the word or the alphabet is suppose to sound. Kasr-aa is one of these symbols that is notated as slanted lines beneath some letters. Fat-haa is another such symbol that is placed above a letter. When these symbols are encountered a sound is added to the letter.
When text is arranged horizontally, external growth further simplifies symbols as horizontal visual span extends farther. Contextual effect leads visual span to extend further forward as people guess out meaning from text of less acuity. Rapid eye movement also contributes to simplification because less time is spent on each symbol. For instance, for left-right writing more symbols to the right are read than those to the left , probably more than the width of right visual span. Horizontal writing has undergone successful simplification, standardization and systematization into a small number of letters - alphabet.
The Greek alphabet, although some people may find it easy to read even without the whole knowledge of it, there are different sounds to it, which is different from the widely used alphabet today. This is also because that the Greeks pronounce their letters and words differently. You will also find that most Greek words have an accent mark. To spot words of Greek origin, you may notice that they have "ph" instead of "f" and others. The Greek alphabet is such an interesting matter that one can learn. Being considered as the first real alphabet in history, it is truly worth learning. Language teachers are required to be knowledgeable with the Greek alphabet because it is so important to know how it all started. If you are thinking of getting into the field of communications and language, you might want to learn more about the Greek alphabet, and you will find how interesting it is. From there, you will start to learn more about the alphabets and other things that are related to language and communication that will definitely help you excel in your chosen field.