When my infant was born I never knew any lullabies, so I used to sing A for ant, B for ball, C for cat.. up-till W carefully using the names of the things which could be seen in the real life, daily - as a lullaby with full expressions and in a loud and clear voice.
And now my toddler is 2 years old and when I say - A for, she says ant, so on and so forth till W.
Key is the repetition. Instead of telling your child - sit down and read that, I recommend you to:
- Sing around ABC loudly, clearly, and frequently when she is around. Me and my child have made a game out of this. We compete on who sings louder.
- Give her an apple (if she likes it) and then say loudly - A for apple. Next time before giving her apple, show the apple to her and ask - A for, and let her fill in the blanks. It may take some time for you because you are starting quite late but it is better than forcing the child to sit and read the book.
Be sure to use the words which the child can see or wants to see in her house or street. For example - I used A for ant because there are ants all around the house and it is easy for her see them. I used the word K for key because we have a bunch for keys hanging near the door which she often takes for playing.
Please don't rely on the books which use words like A for ambulance and S for scorpion. How many times in your daily life you get to see ambulances and scorpions? The child will soon forget the words which she cannot relate to in real life, daily.