My son is almost two and a half years old, and he is SO interested in letters. We probably sing the alphabet song 100 times a day. His favorite puzzle is an alphabet one and whenever he sees a sign, he says “b mommy!” (all letters are “b” to him right now). When we read books he likes me to point to each letter and tell him what it is.
I have decided to use his interest in letters to my advantage. He will sit and let me show him letters for about 20 minutes, which is a long time for a two year old. I have come up with some different activities, and I especially like using the Letter of the Week program from Confessions of a Homeschooler. She has a lot of different activities to go along with each letter, but sometimes we need to change it up.
I was really excited to get a pack of Educational Alphabet Flashcards from Educational Toys Planet. These cards are a fun way to help my little guy learn his letters. A little while back, I had a reader tell me how she was teaching her daughter letters by teaching her sounds instead of letter names. It makes sense, because the sound is what the child has to actually know to be able to read, not the name. So we started doing that, using these cards. I show him a letter and we make the sound together. He can now (after just a week) recognize and say the sound of an M, T, O, and A.
These cards are super durable. They aren’t like your average children’s playing cards. They are thick, which is so nice when you are using them with a toddler. The pack came with a card for each upper and lower case letter, with a word and the letter on one side of each card and a picture on the other side. I like using the picture side right now with my little guy. I think it really helps build his vocabulary to look at each card and talk about what’s in the picture. The pictures are so colorful, too!
These cards are great for 3, 4, even 5 year olds. In fact, you can find them in the 3 year old, 4 year old, and 5 year old sections on the website. I strongly recommend buying these cards if you are trying to help your toddler get a head start in the reading section. They are great and I think they will last for quite awhile.
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