Friday, June 19, 2020


Alphabet knowledge is important online or in person.  Many children will know their letters when school begins, but for other children this will be like a new language.  Music and movement can provide a "bridge" for all learners because it's fun.


ABC Tunes
Did you know that the traditional tune we use to sing the A B C’s is also the tune for “Baa Baa Black Sheep” and “Twinkle Little Star”?

Here are several other tunes that you can use to sing the ABC’s. Give it a try!
“Amazing Grace”
“Braham’s Lullabye”
Theme from Gilligan’s Island
“100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall”
“Mary Had a Little Lamb”
“Coming Round the Mountain”


Add actions to singing the alphabet.
March, tiptoe, disco (finger up in the air and then cross the midline and point down) as you sing.
Use a monster voice (loud), mouse voice (soft), turtle voice (slow), or a racehorse voice (fast).
*Encourage your students to suggest other voices and movements.

ABC Rap Clap
Begin a pattern by slapping thighs once and clapping twice.
A (slap on the letter and then clap twice)
B (slap, clap, clap)
C (slap, clap, clap)

Stand and pretend to hold a microphone as you say the letter.

ABC Athletes
Bend knees, grab your poles and swish back and forth across your body as you say the alphabet.

Bounce a basketball as you say letters.
Make karate chops as you say or sing the alphabet.
*Let children suggest other sports and movements.
Hold up flash cards of the letters as you sing and move.