Isabella-Grace and I do varied activities on a daily basis because although I choose for her not to attend a childcare establishment I still ensure that she is stimulated and learning through play/activities.
For this activity Isabella-Grace and I use her wooden alphabet puzzle; this works well because Isabella-Grace is very fond of puzzles and she is also a fast learner. We go through the alphabet and I point to each letter as we say the alphabet together; this helps Bella to familiarise herself with the letter.
26 letters are a lot for a 30-month-old toddler to take on board, so I break them up and we focus on 1-2 letters per week. This way Bella is able to retain what we have previously done without taking on too much and I do not want her to become confused. Learning at this age should be fun and that is how I intend to keep it as she grows up.
We also focus on the first letters of Isabella-Grace’s name, as most of you know by now she has a double barrel name. We try to focus on ‘I’ and ‘G’ on a daily basis in addition to the 1-2 different letters that we do a week. I try to help her to understand what a word is by showing her labels, signs, print from books and anything really that is in written form. I also write out her name and highlight the ‘I’ and ‘G,’ letters emphasising their significance.
I find that focusing on the same letters per week is a great idea as we look around the room or our surroundings as we are out and about, and I say, “look Bella A is for apple! A is for aeroplane!”
Sometimes I gather a group of objects or pictures of objects/things beginning with that particular letter and we go through them together; as she grows up, this will help her to have some understanding that these objects begin with the same letter, I try to keep the objects we focus on quite simple. The aim for me here is not to complicate things and go at her pace, as stated above I do not want to confuse her, so I keep learning fun, but simple.
Another suggestion depending on the age of your child is if they are interested in transport like my daughter then a great idea would be to collect images, toys or anything that reminds them of vehicles and you can practice with them that way whilst incorporating the various letters and sounds.
I hope this will give you some suggestions about ways you can encourage your children to start looking at letters. If you have any questions, please do get in touch!
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