The English Alphabet Song has a very melodious and illustrious past. It was based on a melody by Mozart. Charles Bradlee copyrighted in 1835 as "The A.B.C." with flute accompanied by the piano forte. Needless to say, there are many versions and variation in other languages (which do not use the word "alphabet". For instance, in Russian the word is pronounced as "azbuka". The song is easy to learn and it is one of the first songs that one learns as a child. Some are taught in schools, others are taught in Sesame Street. Yet others learn it from their parents. While learning, children may have some difficulties learning the alphabets. There are some steps on how one can effectively learn the song. They are listed as follows:
1)Sing the words of the alphabet song repeatedly
2)The song needs to be sung to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"
3)The secret to learning anything is reiteration and practice. So, to make sure the child learns the alphabet properly, repeat, "A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O,P,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z. Now I know my ABC's next time won't you sing with me."
4)Give the child the opportunity to hear the song from other people. At times, a particular style of singing, may help the child pick up faster.
5)To help the child pick up the alphabet song, faster, start the song on a slower tempo. This can help the child pick up the lyrics. Once the child gains confidence, gradually increase the tempo of the song.
6)Sing it again and again until the child is capable of singing the song on his/her own.
There are other ways through which one can teach the alphabet song to youngsters. The letters can be made available everywhere. It has been scientifically proved that if a child is capable of absorbing more, if the lessons are taught as a game. For instance, if the letters are displayed individually on a surface such as a refrigerator, it can help a child pick up the song faster. Or, if the letters are drawn with foam during a fun bathing session, that is an effective method too. There are some variations in the song such as the Zed for Zee.
In the US, Z is pronounced as zee, whereas in most other countries, it is pronounced as zed. This is also a point raised when singing the "A,B,C" song in French. In that case y is said as "i-grec" and z is said as "zed". The US version is: "A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O,P,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z. Now I know my ABC's next time won't you sing with me" whereas the UK version is "A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O,P,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y, Zed. Now I know my ABC's. Next time won't you sing with me." There is a third version that is followed in the rest of the English speaking world, which goes like "A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O,P,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y, Z. Sugar on your bread, eat it all up, before you go to bed."