At What Age Should My Child Know The ABC Song?

You might be wondering at what age should your child know the famous ABC song, to make sure they are keeping up with their childhood milestones.

While there is no correct age, most kids start recognizing letters and alphabets by age 2. Children that go to daycare might learn the ABC song even quicker, as they might be actively singing it there.

If your child is over 2 years old and doesn’t yet know the ABC song, there isn’t much to worry about.

First of all, most kiddos who learn the song around 2, especially those at daycare, learn through repetition. They’re learning the song from their daycare teacher, seeing & hearing their peers sing it as well, and practice singing it themselves until they get it.

My daughter started singing her ABCs around 2 years old also, and I attributed that to her being in daycare too. We would supplement her learning by having one of those foam letter mats that would have individual letters that you can pull out.

We’d spend time every day asking her to find certain letters, she would recognize some much quicker than others, and over time was able to get all of them without a mistake.

What should my child know at age 2?

The reason you landed on this post might be because you were wondering about when your child should know the ABC song, but also to see if they were keeping up academically with their peers and age 2 milestones.

As a parent, it’s great that you’re keeping up in this way to make sure you can help supplement any learning growth they’re going through. Don’t be hard on yourself, and especially your kiddo, if he or she is not exactly in line with peers.

Aside from academic learning, I know as a parent that potty training is something that can be stressful, and can dramatically vary in age, as far as when your little one should be trained.

When it comes to knowing their ABCs, some pick it up as early as their 2s, and some don’t know it by heart until they’re towards the end of their threes.

When should my child know the entire alphabet?

ABC Alphabet

This can again vary with each kiddo, but they should typically know the entire alphabet (both reciting and finding different letters) by the age of 3.

If you’ve been assisting them with singing the ABC song, and using the letter mat that I mentioned earlier, they’ll have picked up learning the alphabet quicker.

What should a 2-year-old be saying?

If not the ABC song, what should a 2 year old be typically saying? How should their vocabulary be around this age?

According to research shared on, the words below should be included in your 2-year-old child’s vocabulary. If they’re not using these words at a minimum, then it might make sense to look into it further.

Note that if they say a different version of the word listed below, whether its in a different language, or just a different version that you use at home, that’s okay and counts.

  1. Mommy
  2. Daddy
  3. Baby
  4. Milk
  5. Juice
  6. Hello
  7. Bye-bye
  8. Yes
  9. No
  10. Dog
  11. Cat
  12. Ball
  13. Nose
  14. Eye
  15. Banana
  16. Cookie
  17. Car
  18. Hot
  19. Thank you
  20. Bath
  21. Shoe
  22. Hat
  23. Book
  24. More
  25. All gone


2 year old kiddos grow at such rapid rate, whether it’s their appearance or vocabulary growth.

As a parent, be patient and keep nurturing your child to grow at their pace. We all enjoy learning in different ways, so be sure to look for cues on the way your child might enjoy learning the most.

Whether it’s a colorful book, at daycare with their peers, or through a kids show like Peppa Pig, find what helps your child thrive and help them grow 🙂

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