Before our children attend school, their parents are their first teachers. With the help of learning activities, toddlers are being prepared from school. One of the first lessons we teach our child is learning the alphabet. Since my daughter is already in preschool, I have come to share what activities that helped me teach her the alphabet. It wasn’t an easy process. My child can easily be distracted that’s why when I teach her I make sure that there are no distractions. For this reason, homeschooling requires long patience and perseverance.
The developing child only gets to enhance their skills when it is tried almost every day. Learning the alphabet is a language exercises for toddlers need to gain and improve. Furthermore, this will help your child’s speech and language development. If you are a new parent, know that preparing activities for skill development is important. Engage your child in learning the alphabet activities, and the rest shall follow.
Language Exercises for Toddlers: Learning The Alphabet
According to Scholastic, children at the age of 3 to 4 years old can already recognize an alphabet. Before reaching this age, children have already said their first word. My daughter at the age of 3 can already say words she usually hears every day. She is a talker and often asks questions. This is the result of engaging your child in conversations each day. Learning to speak words is easy; reading and learning the alphabet is a different story.
Learning the alphabet is the first step before they start to learn how to read. This is an essential part of language exercises for toddlers. The first set of alphabets that a child will recognize are from their names. They will recognize the structure and form of the letter. To go on with the process and follow what they have learned think of language activities for toddlers. I have tried several learning the alphabet activities, and I will list them down below.
Learning the Alphabet Activities
Parents and child can learn from each other. This is a vice versa thing since parents can learn how to be more patient with long processes whereas kids get to be educated. Through these language development activities for toddlers learning the alphabet will be as easy as 1, 2, and 3.
This activity doesn’t just offer to learn the alphabet but also how to write the letters. Your child will follow how the structure of the letter is formed through the dots. Connecting dots can be either through the use of a pencil or other sources. For example, the most common type of connecting the dots is on paper. Examples of other sources are with paint, thread, rocks, and whatever you can come up with connecting the dots to complete the form of the letter.
If you are a busy mother in the kitchen, you can do this magnetic alphabet activity. Keep your child busy with you by placing magnetic alphabets on the refrigerator. Just let them play with the letters, arranging and rearranging the magnets. Talk to them while they are playing with it. Ask them what letter it is. Correct them when they answer the wrong alphabet name.
Matching Spoon Letters
Have matching colored spoons and write the big and small letters on each spoon. Instruct your kid to match the same colored spoons. Educate them as to why the letters are written on the same colored spoons.
Write letters on the bottom of each cup. Arrange the cups in alphabetical order. Let your child choose a cup and tell them what letter it is. Repeat this over and over again until they recognize each one. Also, when the cups are rearranged, allow them to arrange it back to alphabetical order if they get the wrong order repeat and repeat. Do this every day for better results. However, do not pressure your child or they might lose interest in learning the alphabet.
Make use of other toys such as a magnet fishing toy. Place the magnetic alphabets in a bin full of papers. Utilize the toy rod stick from the magnet fishing toy. Whenever your child captures a letter, they have to say the name of the letter. For first time learners, parents are the ones who will say the name of the letter and let their child repeat after them.
Mother and Baby Letter
Cut out letters from colored paper. Give the baby letters to your child and the mommy letter to you. The baby letter will search for its mother. Guide your child and give hints at their first try. If they have successfully found the mother letter explain to them how the small and big letters relate to each other.
Sensory Sand Alphabet Bin
Pour a proper amount of sand in a bin. Mix it with wooden letter toys and let your child find the letters in the sand. When they found one, assist them in naming the letter that they got.
Guide your child while painting the letters with the use of their hands. Let us use colors in learning the alphabet to make it more interesting for kids. Assign different colors for each letter. This is a two in one activity wherein it tests your child’s creativity and memorizing skills.
Name a Name
Cut out letters from colored papers. Attach the letters on the board, but you must spell your child’s name first. Teach your child their name letter by letter. After educating them about their name, arrange the letters to alphabetical order. Allow your child to spell their name by letting them choose the letters included in their name.
First Letters Last
Gather objects that will represent each letter. For example, a is for apple, b is for a ball, and c is for a car. Attach a paper where the first letter of the object’s name is written. This way it’s not only the letter they will have an idea but also the diction. Do this every day and if they already get the gist to rearrange the objects and attached papers. Allow your child to arrange the objects where their proper first letters are.
If you engage your child in activities with the same concept, expect a good result. Learning for kids should be fun. Be creative as much as possible so that children won’t lose their interest in what they are learning. Give them exciting activities in learning the alphabet wherein their brains are ecstatic which makes learning easy. We, at Spec Kid Club, will help you with other parenting concerns and homeschooling advice.