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Lets Learn Our ABC's

By Melanie Fleury, edHelperBaby

The Alphabet
           Now that your toddler is two, it is a great time to start a formal introduction to the alphabet. You have probably been singing the ABC's to your child for a while now. This is a great way to introduce the letters to your toddler. Now that she is two she is ready for more! There are great activities to introduce the letters to your child.


Suggested Activities
           Pick your letter of the week. You can use flashcards or make a letter on a piece of cardstock. Place that letter in a visible place that is visited often, like your refrigerator. Point to it throughout the week and name it for your child.       

       You can let your child practice writing the letter in a lot of fun ways. You can fill a pan with sand or sugar and let her write the letter with her finger. She will love the hands-on aspect of it. You can let her write the letter outside with chalk or inside on a chalkboard. Finger paints are also a lot of fun when learning.       

       Pick out books from the library that start with the letter, for instance, when doing the letter A, find a book about apples. You can also print out mini books from sites such as EDhelper.  Continue the theme throughout the day by having apples for snack. Use your imagination to help your toddler connect the letter to words.


What It Does
           Giving your child a more formal introduction does many things for your child's development. First and foremost, it is a great way to spend quality time with your child. It also helps pre-reading skills as she gets closer to entering school. Writing the letters helps with her motor skills. Coloring also helps with this skill.


My Home
           My 2-year-old is really catching on fast. We have a set time each day where we do "school." She loves that one-on-one time with me to read books and do arts and crafts. She is quickly learning the letters and identifies them on her own. It does take a bit of planning to have things on hand for the week, but it is definitely worth the time.


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