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Super Interesting Ways to Teach Toddler Letter Recognition and Sounds

Hello Mommies! I have a very sharp little man who will be 3 soon. --- With some of the stuff he knows and has memorized I have NO DOUBT that he could learn letter recognition and the sounds letters make, but I have NO idea how to start working on this with him. ---- Here's the trick. He's strong willed (almost any 2/3 yr old boy is) so it will have to be really really fun or it won't happen. ----- I'm not really bent towards the whole home schooling or creative thing, but I want to try to work with him on this. ----- His pre-schools goal is ONLY that he know the letter "K" (the first letter in his name) by the end of the school year. I know he can do more if we figure out how to teach him. --- Do any of you have interesting fun ways you worked on this with your kiddlings?

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There are several things that you can do, Leapfrog/Leappad, and many websites for toddlers, here are a few: http://www.starfall.com/ , http://www.schoolexpress.com/# , http://www.playkidsgames.com/ , http://www.funbrain.com/ , http://www.coloringbookfun.com/ , http://www.apples4theteacher.com/ . At one point or another, every child I know has done activities from these sites, some have downloadable pages, others have pages that the child can do on the computer. My kids have been playing on the computer since they were about 3, although the youngest deleted half of the computer's brain at about 30 months. I am a mom and not a teacher by trade, but many of these sites were given to me by teacher friends, and all were fun to play with my children on

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Leap Frog Letter Factory DVD is great for that. I stumbled on it by accident. My kindergartener was struggling. So we bought it for the car. It was the only movie I would play. In two weeks my new three year old had learned all the letters and sounds. We spent a lot of time in the car. All three of us would sing the songs together all day long. She was speech delayed and couldn't talk but knew all the letters and sounds individually.

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There are several things that you can do, Leapfrog/Leappad, and many websites for toddlers, here are a few: http://www.starfall.com/ , http://www.schoolexpress.com/# , http://www.playkidsgames.com/ , http://www.funbrain.com/ , http://www.coloringbookfun.com/ , http://www.apples4theteacher.com/ . At one point or another, every child I know has done activities from these sites, some have downloadable pages, others have pages that the child can do on the computer. My kids have been playing on the computer since they were about 3, although the youngest deleted half of the computer's brain at about 30 months. I am a mom and not a teacher by trade, but many of these sites were given to me by teacher friends, and all were fun to play with my children on

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Do you have a train set or something of the like? O.K. this will sound super silly but my son got a kick out of this activity….When my son turned 2 we bought him the Geotrax train set. Anyhow, when he was about 3 I knew we needed to move to the next level with the alphabet sicne he could recognize all of them so I took his ABC letters which were the wooden upper case & lower case Melissa & Doug set, and we pretended that they were passengers on the train. The Upper letters were the Mommy/Daddy and the lower case were the kids. We would have the train go the station and say something like “Calling letters that make the (making a letter sound) sound – All Aboard" and the ltters would get into the attached compartments. It was a very repetitive game but that’s how kids learn. I would only work on a few letters at a time (having a letter of the day). Within a couple of months or so my son knew all his letters sounds. It was cute because he would always be the lower case letters and say stuff like “Come on Mommy ‘A’, let’s get on the train that’s our sound!” My son is now 4 ½ and still loves that game but now we make words out of the letters.

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Leap Frog Letter Factory DVD is great for that. I stumbled on it by accident. My kindergartener was struggling. So we bought it for the car. It was the only movie I would play. In two weeks my new three year old had learned all the letters and sounds. We spent a lot of time in the car. All three of us would sing the songs together all day long. She was speech delayed and couldn't talk but knew all the letters and sounds individually.

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Smear shaving cream on the table and have your son write the letters in the shaving cream or you write them and say the name of the letter. For sound recognition go on a treasure hunt around the house looking for things that start with the "S" sound (or other sounds of course). If your son likes to be on the computer at all there are a lot of free online sites that have letter recognition games that you can play with him. Get a dry erase board or easel or doodle pro for the two of you to write on together. You write a letter and draw a picture to go with the letter and have him guess what it is. When you hand him something accentuate the first letter sound and tell him the letter, for example, "B"anana, banana starts with B. Most importantly just play and have fun with it, he'll learn.

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K.

I bought my 22 month old a Leap Frog refrigerator magnet alphabet and letter sound game. She is now 25 months and can identify about 75% of her letters.

My daughter just turned 4 but she's very bright too. I tried to get her to do things with me during 3 but she didn't want any part of it. I finally found a site that has the letter to print out and color. Like an A inside an apple, ect. We are now coloring them together and she comes and begs me to print them out so we can work on them together. While coloring I say things like What do I do on that? pointing to the stove and she knows I mean "cook" which was for the letter C and I said what says ROAR in the forest and she knew that was a bear for B and I write down all the words we find together on MY coloring sheets. We each need one of our own. I do an upper and lower case for each day.
Here's the site if your intersted. It maybe too much for him at this point but who knows.
http://www.coloring.ws/alphabet.htm

Same boat, have a son who will be 3 in April. He has learned the ABCs through Leap Frog, it's utterly amazing to me! Sure, we also read ABC books, watch Sesame Street (letter of the day) use blocks, play games...but those videos work!! Also, there are "talking" magnets for ABC, V Tech I believe, that also work wonders I hear.

have fun!
rg

Kymberly did exactly what I did. I got letter factory and word factory (leapfrog DVDs-bless leapfrog). We watched it a couple of times (my kids were 28 months). The first day I decided not to bring things onto table so to say, I got a very cheap wooden alphabet thingie that has one letter on the front and then a picture of something on the back. My kids knew them right away. It wasn't me, it was leapfrog. I sooo recommend those dvds to everyone

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