Why are Children Introduced to Upper Case Letters First?

WHY ARE CHILDREN INTRODUCED TO UPPER CASE LETTERS FIRST?

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Before we begin with today’s article, let’s do a quick reading test. If you’re wondering why the test? Then read ahead to find out:

A.
Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire. They may forget what you said, but they will not forget how you made them feel. All students can learn and succeed, but not the same way and not on the same day. I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.

B.
SOME OF THE KINDEST SOULS I KNOW HAVE LIVED IN A WORLD THAT WAS NOT SO KIND TO THEM. SOMETIMES IT IS THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN HURT THE MOST WHO REFUSE TO  BE HARDENED IN THIS WORLD BECAUSE THEY WOULD NEVER WANT TO MAKE ANOTHER PERSON FEEL THE SAME WAY THEY HAVE FELT. – Bianca Sparacino

Dear parents,
Which paragraph were you able to read faster, and which one did you find more readable?

Research suggests that 95 percent of the print material is in lowercase. Then why are the children introduced to upper case letters first? How often are they supposed to write in capital letters? Are uppercase letters easier to write?

Think again!

They have many breaks, while the lowercase letters are faster to write as they can flow without lifting the pencil.

Further, while reading, we don’t look at every letter in a word or a sentence but the shapes of the words.

Now, when the text is in the upper case, the height of every letter is the same. It lends a rectangular shape to every word, making the reader read the text letter-by-letter.

And familiarising the children with uppercase letters first discourages them from reading as they find themselves unable to follow along the stories read to them by adults. On the other hand, once a child identifies a few of the lowercase letters, it begins reading the simple words, sentences, and so on.

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