Tips for teaching toddlers the alphabet at home?
What are some things a parent can do to teach the alphabet and numbers to their toddler or preschooler at home? Good books?
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My son is now 9 but when he was very small we used two methods. One was the "Letter Factory" video from LeapFrog, which is a cartoon show that taught each letter and the sound that it made. He picked up the letters very quickly from that DVD (they also have a "Word Factory" cartoon featuring the same characters for when you want to move on to early reading).
We also had a large "floor puzzle" in the shape of a train, on which each letter was a different "car" for the train. When it was all put together it had to be at least five feet long, and my son had a lot of fun figuring out how to get each "car" in the proper order.
We take it one step at time by having a letter/number of the week. Throughout the week we look for objects featuring our letter or number and at the end of the week we make a picture to showcase our busy findings. It's a relaxed and fun way to learn as you can spot your objects anytime, anywhere.
My son learned to read the alphabets at home by reading her older sister's kindergarten books. Then, I created circle flash cards , A to Z and another set are just the pictures drawn according to the book. When I asked him which letter starts with "C", he picked up the "cat" picture and said cat. He was 2 years old back then.
A Facebook status said, “Very excited to hear my 18 month old baby saying B when I say A and D when I say C”. When I read the statement I felt, what is so excited about it. But I was able to feel the excitement when my kid did the same when she... read more
So far, things that have worked:
Books, like Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Slowly repeating the alphabet letter by letter (not the song)
Melissa & Doug wooden puzzles
Thanks for all your tips! I'll be sure to implement as many as I can in our teaching process.
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