Alisha Horne December 14, 2020 Alphabet Worksheet
The earliest use of the double letter "uu" was in the 7th and 8th centuries AD by English and Germanic writers. The modern name comes from the digraph "uu". W is the only English letter whose name is not pronounced with any of the sounds that the letter typically makes. It gained popularity during the 11th century and was well established by the 13th century for central-western European writers. However, it wasnt considered a part of the Latin alphabet proper even as late as the 16th century. The alphabet we use today has taken many centuries to develop to its modern form. There have been many twists, reversals in meaning, and changes to the sounds represented by particular symbols. Many languages have played a role in contributing both sounds and symbols. And this should not seem out of place, as language itself is a constantly evolving entity, responding to the varied changes in environment and contact with new peoples, cultures, and languages.
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.
Spoken languages influence and practical factors Without spoken language, writing would have definitely evolved differently as it has been.Writing itself is capable of evolving alone. But, in reality, speech influences its evolution significantly. Since they are associated, writing and speech influence each other . Writing and speech have their own characteristics, legibility for writing, pronounceability and comprehensibility for speech. During their interaction, they are affected by each other and in the mean time try to maintain their own characteristics. Almost all present-day writings are pronounceable. That seems evidence that writing represents speech. However, from another angle, we also see that almost all speeches are writable. It should be that they converge from independent origins into tight association, instead of simply one conforming to the other. Convergence is obvious in alphabetic systems but not in pictographic systems. Tighter association leads to greater inter-influence. Tightly-associated speech and writing achieve mutual benefits as writing stimulates more speaking and speech induces more writing. Via association, speech sounds came to be a major source of new word/expression creation. Some new symbols are created or borrowed to represent language sounds. Diacritics  are added to change sound value. These changes make writing representing speech better . As speech sounds can be represented by different written symbols/words/phases, the legibility (visual shapes) of symbols/words/phases is pondered over for choosing desired ones. During the interactions between speech and writing, sounds could affect the formation and evolution of writing systems. But the final determinant of its success is the visual legibility, fit for processing, easy to be memorized and systemized. The visual form, instead of association/interaction with spoken language, is the central and deterministic in writing systems evolution. Spoken language works as a bridge between meaning and writing. It is not central in evolution process. On the contrary, it attaches to its writing system for survival, growth and spread. We hypothesize that the writing systems evolve towards more-legible alphabetic systems by means of visual refinement, during interactions with speech sounds.
As the parents, you should help your children to recognize the alphabet. The alphabet learning is an important process since the knowledge of the alphabet letters is the foundation to read and to write. If your children are in the age of three or five, teaching the alphabet can be very challenging for you. The main reason is because three years old children have the difficulty in order to focus on the direct instruction. When you are teaching those children to learn the alphabet, then you need to make the teaching process becomes fun and lively. It is important to avoid the children from the boring feeling during the learning process.
The world of web has been really blissful in these matters. You can find ready made alphabet coloring pages in hundreds of styles and colors. The use of these coloring sheets is perfect to teach preschool children the alphabets and also make them read and write them in proper fashion. The coloring sheets make perfect alphabet games as they come in funny shapes or associated with things children love like dogs, monkeys, fairies, flowers, garlands, cartoon characters and others. To get the alphabet coloring pages it is very simple. You just need to click on the pages listed in the site and select them. As new window opens you find the full view of the pages. Now go to the option Print in the File Menu and command Print. The printer connected to your computer or laptop would print the page/s. Once you are done, close the window. It is that simple. You can find hundreds of such useful coloring pages with alphabetical games that enable your kids not only to learn the alphabets, but also memorize them and write them properly.
We use the alphabet to imply simplicity, yet knowing the alphabet is crucial to your childs education. Letters are the building blocks of words and knowing the letters of the alphabet are the first step to learning to read, and your child will need to know the alphabet for using the index of a book, finding one in a library or using a dictionary. (Yes, your child will still be using books at school for the foreseeable future!) Children learn best through play, so you should never try to teach your child letters in any formal way. Include the alphabet in your childs usual games and reading time and they will happily absorb this knowledge without any pressure.