Rosemarie Murphy December 14, 2020 Alphabet Worksheet
As representative of Latin systems, English writing system is growing through representing knowledge, recording speech sounds and borrowing, among other means. The trend of Englishs dominance is continuing. Written English is used by more and more people in non-native regions and would eventually be adopted by all. English will also be spoken by more people following the spread of written English . Other writing systems may be replaced, Romanized or coexist with English. Written English is systematic. It has 26 letters, established rules for word-formation and grammar. Will it evolve in fundamental level, i.e. its scripts, lexicon or grammar? Or it will only continue growth basing on current system and rules? In near future, radical change seems unlikely. English has become international language. Without challenge, its basic look would not change. Rather, it would grow upon existing system when other language, culture and new-found knowledge are represented. On the long run, radical change cannot be ruled out. Theoretically, its future can be studied from its visual feature and is governed by legibility principle. In reality, the evolution is now a global process with billions of peoples participation. That is absolutely very complex. It is shaped by writings of every individual.
Create artwork with your children. While fingerpainting a flower, you might help the child fingerpaint the letter "F" for flower. Guide your childs hand in forming letter shapes to imitate those seen on alphabet blocks and such, or paint a letter and work it into a design. Create letters in paint and in clay, carve them into bars of soap, draw them in crayon, scratch them in the sand at the beach, form letters in shaving cream on the bathroom mirror - use whatever is at hand to create spontaneous moments of joyful sharing with your child. Variety of media, times of day, and places will keep it all fresh and fun and reduce the risk of boredom. Learning should not be dull or tedious. Its a key part of life and there should be no arbitrary boundaries between daily life, learning and play. (Also, beyond the immediate goal of promoting alphabet skills, positive learning experiences at an early age can make learning, itself, an exciting opportunity for discovery and feelings of accomplishment. Self-affirming early learning experiences help children start school with more positive attitudes that can affect their success in school... and in life.)
We can see alphabetic system and Chinese have directional characteristic. Alphabetic systems are dominantly written horizontally while Chinese is traditionally written vertically. Alphabetic sequence is lengthened while Chinese characters are enclosed. That might be due to horizontal-vertical visual span asymmetry. Horizontal lengthening may have led to development into alphabet while enclosing results in complexity. Writing direction and complexity of symbols might be correlated. Lets employ the visions characteristic to explain how symbols grow in horizontal/vertical directions. The best shape of a single symbol might be oval resembling macula. It would have greater width than height. When a sequence of symbols is read and one of the symbols is fixated, the eyes also take in info of symbols adjacent to the fixated symbol. The visions power is thus shared by the several adjoining symbols. If the visual span is larger, the symbols at and around fixation will be more simplified. Hence horizontally arranged symbols can be more simplified.
The Chinese still use this kind of writing in syllables. The trouble is that there are so many different syllables, it takes a scholar years to learn them all. In the Chinese language, there are more than fifty thousand and most of these are being used even today. A Chinese student does not master the writing of his language until he is beyond the age at which an American student may have graduated from college-say, twenty-five years old. In comparison with his thousands of characters, the American schoolboy has to learn only twenty-six letters. Therefore the next step in the development of the alphabet was to have a symbol, or letter, for each sound that was used in the language being spoken. There are many more sounds that a human being can use than we have in our alphabet, and the alphabets used for other languages have in them certain letters that we do not need in writing the English language. But also we have some letters that they do not need. No alphabet needs more than thirty or forty letters. A child can master these in a year or two. Writing with letters instead of with pictures is more than five thousand years old. Just as we got our alphabet from the Greeks, they got theirs from the Semitic peoples-the Phoenicians and the Jews and other ancient peoples who spoke Semitic languages.
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.
It is better for you to set the letter of the day. It will help your children to learn and remember the alphabet. You should help the children to understand the letter by giving the word such as A is for the apple. It is even better for you if you show the apple picture or the real apple. You can teach different alphabet letters for different days. Another media helping you to teach the alphabet lesson is the toys. Sometimes you will buy the toys for your children. When buying the toys, you should choose the toys which are fun and also has the education aspect. The alphabet puzzle can be the right choice for you. Try to sing the alphabet song. Your children will not only find it is fun but they will be able to remember the alphabet letter easily. You also need to teach your children write the alphabet letters. You can start to teach the capital letters because the capital letters are easier to understand for the toddlers. To make the learning process more fun, you should give the children the colorful marker or colorful crayon.