May 10, 2019 at 5:26 am #192939
Buy magnetic letters, foam alphabet letters, or letters made for the bathtub.
These are inexpensive and can be found at many stores or online. Keep them around to play with in a place accessible to your child. Identify the letters your child plays with and praise them when they are able to name them. Be sure to also make the sound of the letter while playing with them. Spell words like their name, favorite foods, and loved ones names.
Purchase Alphabet books and make them a part of your reading time.
A million alphabet books are out there, but which ones should we buy? You want to find sturdy books that won’t easily rip. If your child is not a gentle reader, it is probably best to stick with board books, which is also helpful for persistent studying. The books should have nice large pictures or illustrations of items your child can identify. Long wordy text does not usually capture a child’s interest (I think “Peter Rabbit” is an exception), so simple yet pleasant (especially rhyming) text is best. Favorites at our house have been “Dr. Seuss’ ABC” and “The Guinea Pig ABC.”
Remember this is gentle learning so, no quizzing!
Try tactile experiences.
Some people learn best with hands on, kinesthetic experiences and young children are no exception. Draw letters in the sand, colored shaving cream, or finger paint. Make or buy sandpaper letters.Try drawing letters on dry erase or chalk boards.
Point out letters in signs and in print on packages.
Seeing that print is a part of their world, they will slowly learn that letters are not merely shapes, but that they can represent other things.
Don’t forget music.
The alphabet song is of course perfect to sing to your child. Try singing it as you drive places in the car, or at bedtime. Eventually, they will sing with you. One thing I liked to do to make the song fun was to change things up a bit. Once they knew the song well, I would stop at intervals and see if they would pick it up.
For example, I would sing, “A, B, C, D, E, F….” and then pause, waiting for them to fill in the “G”. Also, again after they knew the song, I would sing silly lines like, “A, B, C, D, Q, F TOMATO!” This would not only give them the giggles, but they’d also be quickly correcting me.
“No mommy, no, it’s A, B, C, D, E, F, G!!!”
“OHHHHHH.” I would say in mock surprise, and then keep singing silly.
Besides the tried and true alphabet song, there are CD’s on the market with alphabet learning songs that you can incorporate into your child’s day.
Please skip the drill.
This is not an age for rote memorization, worksheets, flashcards or drill, unless your child actually asks for them. I did have one child who adored workbooks, but unless your child finds them fun, it really is not worth the money or effort. Learning the alphabet does not need to be work.
May 10, 2019 at 9:09 am #193102
Nice post… your kids are lucky
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May 14, 2019 at 8:24 pm #194610
Way back when my children were young…I Purchased the plastic peel & stick letters that would adhere to the fridge. I would spell a simple word…then we would mix them up a bit…and they would try to rearrange them correctly, while we pronounced them together.
May 15, 2019 at 3:10 pm #195185
Thanks for posting!
May 16, 2019 at 9:20 am #195497
Great Tips! Thank you
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