Spanish Alphabet for Children
The traditional Spanish alphabet consisted of 30 letters, it was just like the English alphabet, with the addition of four letters; ch, ll,ñ, and rr. The NEW Spanish Alphabet consists of only 27 letters: same as the English alphabet with the addition of one letter: ñ.
By introducing the letter names and letter sounds to children when they study Spanish, we are associating letter sounds with words. Learning the letter sounds is easy for children - cognitively it as easy for a child to learn a second language as learning a first language. Often, Spanish alphabet activities are fundamentally vocabulary activities.
Children studying Spanish have limited vocabularies, so we use pictures to support the words you use to represent the Spanish letter sounds. The above activities all match objects or pictures to letters. The difference in the activities is how children find and arrange the objects. We provide a great variety of activities using the same set of words because it is the process of thinking about the sound and the word and then relating them that cements the letter sound, the letter name and the vocabulary.
Some letter sounds are difficult to teach, like the k and the w. Words that begin with these letters do not occur naturally in Spanish; there are only a few words which were borrowed from other languages.
In Spanish, the alphabet is el abecedario or el alfabeto. The letters are feminine: la E, la T. This is because the word letra is feminine – la letra T.