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FREE ABC Chart & How to Use Alphabet Posters

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This free ABC chart features letters A-Z with capital and lowercase letters, bright matching pictures, and important keywords included to help kids learn letters and letter sounds. Get your FREE printable download, and make learning letters and sounds fun and easy in this one-stop download!

A large ABC chart with letters A-Z, pictures, and keywords on a blue background.

🔤 Why We Love It

Every child needs a visual ABC chart, whether in a classroom or at home. Having a chart as an anchor is a helpful tool for young learners as they practice and master their letters and letter sounds.

This chart can be printed as big or as small as you’d like! You can enlarge it to hang on a wall or make it small enough to glue to a child’s notebook. Better yet, do both!

👉 Be sure the chart is within clear view so that children can reference the alphabet often and have it handy whenever they need it.

A child's notebook with the printed ABC chart inside.

Important Elements of an ABC Chart

There are 3 important elements included on any useful alphabet chart: letters, pictures, and keywords.


Capital and lowercase letters are included so children can become familiar with both and learn to match them together.

On the free printable chart, consonants are written in black font, and vowels are in red font.

👉 Important: The vowels included are short vowel sounds only.


A bright picture should be displayed to correspond with each letter set. It’s used as an anchor in their memory and helps kids to hear the sounds the letters make at the beginning of each word.

This is an important building block for improving phonological awareness!


Keywords are included for an important reason. Even when students haven’t yet learned to read, the pictures help them to understand the connection between written text and meaning.

When a child sees a picture of a ring and sees the word ‘ring’ written beneath it, they begin to understand that written words convey meaning.

We’ve intentionally chosen keywords that have the hard letter sound at the beginning of the word (except for letter x), helping kids to hear and practice beginning letter sounds.

🧑‍🏫 How to Use an Alphabet Chart

Children should point to each letter on the chart and repeat this sequence:

  1. Say the letter
  2. Say the keyword
  3. Say the sound

Teachers and parents should model this often! The letters, keywords, and sounds for an alphabet chart are:

  • A a – Apple – /ă/
  • B b – Bat – /b/
  • C c – Cat – /k/
  • D d – Dog – /d/
  • E e – Elephant – /ĕ/
  • F f – Fish – /f/
  • G g – Gorilla – /g/
  • H h – Hat – /h/
  • I i – Igloo – /ĭ/
  • J j – Jellyfish – /j/
  • K k – Kite – /k/
  • L l – Lion – /l/
  • M m – Monkey – /m/
  • N n – Numbers – /n/
  • O o – Octopus – /ŏ/
  • P p – Pig – /p/
  • *Qu qu – Queen – /kw/
  • R r – Ring – /r/
  • S s – Sun – /s/
  • T t – Tiger – /t/
  • U u – Umbrella – /u/
  • V v – Van – /v/
  • W w – Watermelon – /w/
  • *X x – Fox – /ks/
  • Y y – Yo-Yo – /y/
  • Z z – Zebra – /z/

👉 Letter Q
Teach QU together! We do this because in English words, the letter q is always followed by the letter u. The rule is: Never a Q, without a U. This is helpful for beginners as they learn to read and spell.

👉 Letter X
All letters match the beginning sound of the pictures and words except letter X, which makes the /ks/ sound, but not at the beginning of words. As such, the /ks/ sound is heard at the end of the word fox.

Connected Activities

Use this ABC Chart along with our printable phonetic flashcards and Short Vowel Sounds Anchor Charts. These were all created with consistency in mind.

They include the same pictures and keywords to provide repeated practice in various forms. Download all the freebies and utilize them all with your students.

Display the ABC chart near your classroom sound wall!

Blue background and white large font "ABC Chart" with image of printable chart with pictures.

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