Our son turned two at the end of December and continues to surprise me everyday with his eagerness to learn about the world around him. As a former first grade teacher, I am a huge advocate of early literacy. You can check out easy ways to encourage literacy for little ones here: 5 Easy Ways To Promote Early Literacy. I decided once we got settled in I would begin mini “lessons” with him to learn letters and sounds. He will be attending a Mother’s Day Out next year twice a week where I will also teach. However, I want to provide as much instruction as I can at home to build a solid foundation and readiness.
I thought I would share how I am introducing letters and structuring that time together. Of course, I will adjust and adapt as he learns and I can assess what he needs. I would love to know if you work with your little ones at home and what resonates best with them!
Letter A Mini Lesson
- Show the letter Aa card and introduce the name. Have fun with it and say it different ways.
- Show uppercase A. Model and show “BIG A” with hand motions and deep voice. Repeat and have fun with it. Allow them to hold actual letter.
- Show lowercase a. Model and show “small a” with hand motions and soft voice. Repeat and have fun with it. Allow them to hold actual letter.
- Introduce the sound and repeat “Aa says a-a-a”.
- With hand motions and different voices review “BIG A, small a, a-a-a”
- Show 1-2 “Aa” songs on Youtube
- Write three different uppercase letters on whiteboard and ask them to find big A
- Write three different lowercase letters on whiteboard and ask them to find small a
- Trace letters together in book and allow them to color after
- Review one last time and allow them to pick a color to write Aa on a blank label
- Let them wear the letter Aa for the day:)
**Extend by searching for the letter Aa in bedtime book
This only takes about 10-15 minutes which is perfect for their attention span. It is also nice to have that focused time together! I would love to know anything you do!