This lesson has many extensions. This allows you make the activity fit your child’s developmental age and readiness. Remember it is important to go with yourchild’s interest to make the most of any educational activity at this age. Young learners have short attention spans. When your child seems to lose interest, stop. You can always start again later. Also, remember that with this or any activity geared for toddlers, that mastery is not the goal. It is all about exposure. Research shows that exposure and repetition are how young learners learn best.
You will be asking your child many questions that they may or may not know the answers to. That is okay. You will provide the correct answer and keep moving on. Think of it as planting a seed of knowledge in their brains. One day, the seed will sprout because of the exposure and repetition you will be providing your child.
You will find that you can start this activity very simple and then get more complex over time as your child’s skills develop. This makes this activity great because once you make your cards you can use them over and over in the upcoming year. You can also invite older children to get involved! I have written up the framework for this activity, but let you imaginations go as build the activity
Letters, Letters Everywhere!
Skills-Letter Recognition, Letter Sounds, Oral Language, Music & Counting
Materials- 10-20 Letter Cards for each letter of the alphabet*
As you sing this song, point to letters on your card. Encourage yourchild to point and feel.
Making Letter Cards
I used my computer to make my letters. I did them in font size 200. I also printed them out on cardstock to make the card more durable for repetitive use. It was a quick and easy way to create the letter cards. If you can get them laminated, that will extend their life too.
Here are some other tricks…
Another trick-You can hide the same letter for 7 days. Each day record how many letters you found on a large chart. I created a chart by writing the seven days of the week across the top to create 7 sections. They each day we would record the number of letters we found on that day. I would write the number and then my child would use a bingo stamper to stamp the number of dots to correspond with the number I wrote. Then we would look at our chart and interpret it. How many days in a week? How many letters did we find on Monday? Look we found more letters on Tuesday than on Monday. Etc… This extension is great because it works on days of the week, number recognition, counting and comparisons.
Get started or follow-up by reading some great ABC books or make one of your own.
Remember the possibilities are endless.