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The Alphabet Song FREE FILM!

Free Video
Here is a film with a duet version of the music.  Enjoy!  You can sing along as you watch and then do the activities below.  Afterwards, you can learn to play the song by downloading the free sheet music (coming soon) for guitar and piano with lyrics, and since this is also a colouring page, you can colour in all the letters.  Finally, you could learn the duet part or compose your own.

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Lyrics for The Alphabet Song
a b c d e f g,
h i j k l m n o p,
q r s t u and v,
w x y and z,
Now you know your a b c,
Won't you come and spell with me



Activities
*  Teach your child the alphabet using fridge magnets, foam letters in the bath or floor tiles.  Have letters EVERYWHERE possible!  Sing the song while you point out or find the letters together.

*  Sing this song when you read through a book about the alphabet, pointing at the letters as you do.

*  Assign each letter an object, person or character that your child recognises.  For example, 'a' is for 'apple', 'd' is for 'daddy', 'i' is for 'Iggle Piggle, 'j' is for 'jumping' (do the action), 'm' is for mummy.

*  Sing the song with phonics instead of letter names to help your child to begin to read.

*  Teach your child the colours of the letters and get them to name and describe each one, for example, 'red a', 'blue b', 'green c'.

History
The Alphabet Song was first published in Boston, USA in 1835 by the publisher Charles Bradlee as a piece for flute and piano.  It uses the same melody as 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' and is also very similar to 'Baa Baa Black Sheep'.  It is based on  the french song, 'Ah! vous dirai-je, Maman' by M.Bouin, which was first published without words in 1761.

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