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Getting toddlers started on ABC and 1-2-3

Getting toddlers started on ABC and 1-2-3

Do you think your child is ready for her alphabet and counting? If your kid is almost 2 years old, then it’s the right time to start Kids aged 2 and 3 are already able to recognize letters and numbers and are able to discern one from another There is no set rule of exactly when to begin, as parent, you will know best when your child begins shows interest in visuals andsounds You must recognize the fact that toddlers learn differently from older children So be ready with your bucket of patience and creativity to make theexperience enjoyable for both you and your child

Read books Children should regularly be read storiesat night time to develop their interest not only in tales but in written words Kids who are exposed to books early on recognizes printed words and that they are made up of letters Move on to alphabet books when you deem your child is ready Many parents attest to the usefulness of Dr Seuss ABCs which incorporates fascinating characters, lettersand sounds At this stage you’ll find yourself relying mostly on visual aidsand alphabet and number books Point out the colorful alphabet and numbers while pointing your finger, make sure your child’s eyes follow them as you utter the right letter or number

Incorporate learning on everyday chores As your child’s watchful eyes follow your every move at home, say in the kitchen, use this time to teach them about letters and numbers Count out loud each egg you take out of the basket Or point out a letter you see on the milk carton However, it is important that you work on one letter or number at time to avoid confusion So if you are currently teaching your child the letter H, and youhappen to be using a bottle of honey then call out and show them the letter Hon the bottle  It may seem daunting with 26 letters but you’ll find yourself getting to Z in no time Teaching kids neednot be done formally on a set time and place You can use the time stuck in trafficto ask your kid to to look out at billboards or car plates and find the letter B So be aware of your surroundings and push your resourcefulness to make learning fun

Teach the alphabet song Although some experts believe this may not be necessary to jump start a child’s reading, it is stilla useful tool to get children familiar with their alphabets Music has its own magic of teaching, so why not utilize it to complement your efforts Instead of just singing the tunes and mouthing out the letters, use an alphabet book to point out as you sing along This will make kids aware that the sounds actually stand for a certain symbol Do the same for counting songs Use your fingers to signal the correct number

Creative Play Doing arts and crafts to teach lettersand numbers is great way to attract the kids interest and attention Observe what your child loves to play and find time to introduce letters and numbers through it Use play-doh to make letters or lego to make numbers Cut out letters with your child using art paper to make your own alphabet book or poster If you are keen on doing some baking fun, then  get alphabet cookie cutters and let your child do the decorating while saying what letter is he at You can also begin teaching them that letters form words by starting with their names Make a door label together with the child’s name and place them n the door of his room Encourage writing down their names on artworks Keep the learning going with other  interesting and creative ways and games

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