If your young child is now able to recite the alphabet, why not teach them to say it backwards?
"What a pointless idea!" I hear you say.
Well, while knowing the alphabet backwards is clearly not an essential skill, it can actually be a useful thing for your child to know.
1. Anything that increases familiarity with the alphabet is a good thing. Good readers have an extraordinarily strong affinity with each of the 26 letters - by reinforcing your child's awareness of them you are taking one extra step in the right direction.
2. Not many adults can say the alphabet backwards. Your young child will soon realise this and this will give their confidence a boost - it may well be the first thing they have ever been able to do that most adults cannot.
3. Your child will amaze and impress your relatives and friends when they display their new knowledge. The compliments and praise your child will inevitably receive will cause them to regard the alphabet fondly - and this will be a huge advantage for you in getting them to associate reading with fun.
4. Knowing the order of the letters backwards and forwards will mean that when it is time to learn about alphabetical order your kid should find it a breeze. Obviously, being adept at alphabetical order is not the most important thing in the world, but it is an essential skill and you might be surprised by how many adults struggle with it.
5. Learning the alphabet backwards by song will be fun - for you and your child. The first YouTube video on this page is a nice simple way to learn it (and there is a really fast version of the alphabet backwards too, which is good for a laugh). This second video (below) is a very Australian song - and is a little bit longer and different. And for those of you who say 'zed' rather than 'zee' you'll enjoy hearing it said 'the right way' in this one!
If you're keen on revising the alphabet in its normal order, click here for some great YouTube videos.
Have fun singing!
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