the ABCs of → an A for effort
the ABCs of (the beginning steps of): For example, we are learning the ABCs of gardening.
abide by (accept and act according to): But we must abide by what we have said.
abound in/with to have a lot of something: This forest indeed abound with deer, birds and rabbits.
an A for effort (appreciation for having tried to do something, even if it was not successful): The plan didn’t work, but I’ll give you an A for effort for effort.