The LeapFrog Letter Factory DVD is a great way to teach kids not only the letter names, but their sounds also. My kids already knew all their letters, but needed help with the sounds, and they loved this DVD.
As far as writing their letters, when my son was 4 he taught himself how to write them using one of those Doodlepads. I bought a travel one, because we had a 19 hour car ride, and he started out by writing his name over and over. And since he already knew how to spell 3 letter words ( like cat and dog ) thanks to the LeapFrog DVD Word Factory, he branched out to writing other words.
My 3 year old doesn't write yet, but he does know all the letters and their sounds. I bought him a tracing book from walmart that is supposed to teach pre-writing skills, so we are working on that this summer. I don't think it's essential, because my older son never did anything like it, but it can't hurt any either.
at 3:08 PM on Jun. 23, 2009