Why do you have the alphabet song?

It has been a useful medium for teaching pre-schoolers, even alphabet soup has been employed to encourage reading skills. In early American school houses six things were essential to be considered an effective teaching environment: A chalkboard, a US and World Map, an Alphabet board in both the print and cursive, with both upper and lower case letters, an American Flag, a good paddle and his and hers outhouses. It helped if the teacher spoke descent English. One teacher and one room was normal for a country school. A swing, a flag pole, a big brass bell, a dictionary on a pedestal, a piano and a cast iron pot bellied stove usually meant that you lived in an affluent community or that the school doubled as a community church or Grange.