I was wondering if there were any preschool teachers out there who have experience in introducing the alphabet to children and wouldn't mind sharing some of their ideas/techniques. My wife and I are not educators, but have started a small company that promotes special cartoon characters called Alphabetimals, which visually combine animals and letters to help make learning the ABCs easier and more fun. We have a website http://www.alphabetimals.com that has both commercial and free resources which feature the characters in different ways to promote letter recognition through sound, animation, and movement.
Although hundreds of parents and teachers use our resources everyday, we feel like we are lacking an actual system of introducing the characters in a way that focuses more on the learning aspect and less on the visual "cuteness". For example, if we were to send a package to teachers that had a coloring book, flashcards, and poster, could/should there also be a plan that explained a good way to walk through the resources to promote learning in the most efficient way.
I realize this may be a little too abstract, but even hearing about effective success stories from anyone willing to share could spark some ideas.
All comments and criticism welcome.
Thanks in advance!
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