Letter Recognition Using An Alphabet Puzzle

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!

With Love,

Roxanne-Sasha x

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