My 4 year old and I have created a memory palace in the house for memorizing her letters and letter sounds, and it’s working really well.
What I’ve done is print letter animals from the site alphabetanimals.com. The letters are morphed into letters and I taped them at loci around the house. We go around and tell a story about the animal and how the animals makes the letter sound. Many of the letters are connected together in the story so each letter is not an isolated narrative.
For example, the the monkey makes the sound “mmmmmmm” because he loves the taste of his bananas (which he got from the previous animal) that he’s eating in the coat closet. Or the lion is standing on the chair singing “luh luh luh luuuuuh!”
She’s doing much better with the sounds than the letter names because the sounds are more memorable with this method. I haven’t thought of a good way to make the letter names more memorable as she doesn’t have a lot of referents for this. An example of a case where she does is the letter ‘B.’ B is represented by the bear who is going after honey. The bear is scared of the… you guessed it… Bee’s. There aren’t many other letters where it’s easy to work in the letter name like that, so I’ve mostly been going rote and just saying the name and having her repeat it, or doing letter hunt games where I show her the letter and she goes to find it even if she can’t name it yet.
Thoughts? Any way to make the letter names more memorable?