Early Childhood Education Journal
Alphabet knowledge is consistently recognized as the strongest, most durable predictor of later literacy achievement. Recent research offers practical implications for increased effectiveness of teaching alphabet knowledge to young children. In this article, we outline Enhanced Alphabet Knowledge instruction (EAK), a method of practical instruction that early childhood teachers can use to organize, plan, and teach the essential skills of alphabet knowledge. EAK emphasizes identifying the letter name and sound, recognizing the letter in text, and producing the letter form, through flexible, distributed cycles of review based on factors that influence acquisition of alphabet knowledge.
Jones, Cindy D.; Clark, Sarah K.; and Reutzel, D. Ray, "Enhancing alphabet knowledge instruction: Research implications and practical strategies for early childhood educators" (2012). Teacher Education and Leadership Faculty Publications. Paper 404.