Britney Warner December 14, 2020 Alphabet Worksheet
I have considered that alphabet is a result of visual refinement. However, in its thousands of years history, albeit undergoing changes, Chinese didnt develop into alphabet. Characters <1> remain complex over thousands of years development. Major simplification process hadnt occurred until last century. Number of characters was increasing. The question is: why did simplification occur so late? What kept Chinese characters complex for thousands of years? Was legibility principle not taking effect on Chinese system? It should. There should be something that prevented Chinese from developing into alphabet. Lets elaborate the concept of legibility.
As time goes on, show your child how to print his or her name and, as alphabet learning progresses, dont forget that both capital letters AND small letters are equally important. Help your child sign his or her first name on any pictures that are drawn, and on any birthday cards to grandma and grandpa, etc. The stronger the connection grows between alphabet letters, sounds and written words, the more reading-ready your child becomes. Muster up all of your creativity. Pose your body in the shape of a simple letter thats familiar to your child and have him or her guess what letter you are. Outstretched arms and you have the letter "T," arms and legs out at angles, and youve created an "X". At Christmas time, lay a string of twinkly Christmas lights on the floor and form letter shapes with them. Lay building blocks or dominoes end-to-end to create giant letters. Perhaps try alphabet magnets, with one animal picture for each letter of the alphabet. You might line them up on your refrigerator to make a complete alphabet. Then at unexpected moments, like while youre preparing breakfast, choose an object in the room, such as a cup and spell it out on the fridge. Spell family members names, play a simple scrabble game, or leave secret messages.
When symbols are arranged vertically, each symbol grows internally in accordance with the larger horizontal visual span then turns to next symbol. Conflict between text direction and stronger visual direction exists. Symbols are restricted into blocks, leading to logographic system. Top-down reading failed to lead to simplification of Chinese characters. On the contrary, characters were allowed to go more complex (Simple characters were also allowed to exist). The limit of complexity is constrained by recognizability during reading. Although characters failed to simplify, by utilizing horizontal visual span, one can maximize the amount of visual info-being-read while maintaining sufficient acuity. Although characters are read as units, internal detail is needed to recognize a character and distinguish between characters. Characters are composed of smaller structural units, such as strokes and radicals, which are not as standardized as alphabets do. There is also no standardized order of combining them since visual span goes to any direction inside a character frame. Not towards alphabet, Chinese characters did evolve into their modern form that facilitates reading. They are square-shaped with to-some-extent standardized components and rules for their formation.
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.
Its never too early to start teaching your child the alphabet, so as well as singing nursery rhymes to your baby, sing the alphabet song too - you know, the one with the tune to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. By the way, you should slow down and pronounce L M N O P carefully; Ive heard lots of kids who can sing the song correctly but mumble through those letters, because that is how it has always sounded to them. Once you are able to start reading to your child, include an alphabet book in your reading. There many beautifully illustrated ones available. I also recommend that you choose one with both capital and lower case letters, which will introduce them to the idea that there are two different ways of writing a letter from the start. Simply say that This is a big A and this is a little A.
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.