Our oldest is three years (and three months) old and she told me a couple of weeks ago that she didn’t like to look at books by herself because she couldn’t read them. I’m guessing it frustrates her and she focuses on the words. We have been working on looking at the pictures and letting them tell their own story, but she is still interested in how the alphabet works. We started something a week and a half ago that has proved to be a lot of fun and educational.
I took out our calendar and marked the letters of the alphabet down. One letter for each (business) day. I chose to do business days because weekends are always busy, but you can do it however you want. I bought some alphabet cards at a garage sale this summer, so each day when our daughter wakes up, there is a new letter on her craft table along with some items that start with that letter. NOTE: you can even just write the upper and lowercase letter on a piece of paper each day if you don’t have any cards.
For example, on our first day, we took a look at the letter ‘A’. We planned a trip to an Aviation museum to look at old Airplanes. We had Apple slices for snack and took some time to create some works of Art in the Afternoon.
Yesterday we made fudge to celebrate the letter ‘F’, and today we made ghost decorations to celebrate the letter ‘G’. We have been practicing the sounds each letter makes and what it looks like. Today when we were out driving, out of the blue she said “girl starts with G” –>insert super proud mom here<–
Now, my daughter is not going to wake up tomorrow ready to read her first novel, but it has been helping to show her that the letters she sees on pages each have their own purpose and she has been able to focus more on images in books than fixating on letters she doesn’t understand.
She wakes up each morning and goes to her table to see the new card. She asks what letter we are on and what activity we are going to do and she is really enjoying herself. So if you have a curious kiddo in your midst, it might be worth looking into.
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