Last summer my husband and I couldn’t decide whether we should put our oldest in preschool or not. We knew it would be time consuming, and it could potentially be expensive. Luckily, we found a co-op that we love.
For us, the main push for it was for the social aspect. She was extremely anti-social at the park and when she would try to interact, she freaked the other kids out, (by standing in their bubble, not talking…).
I wasn’t too worried about the learning part as much, she had her numbers and alphabet down. That said, I had spent the better part of the summer trying to get her interested in learning the sounds of each letter. She knew all the capitol letters and almost all of the lower case letters. But she didn’t know any of the sounds.
What I would do each day, is write three letters on a white board and I would ask her what sounds they made, helping her along the way. I figured since she knew the letters, it wouldn’t be too difficult to teach her the sounds. She never once stayed focused long enough to get through the three letters. I realize now my biggest problem was doing too many letters, too often. At her preschool, they focus on one letter per week.
They work on the sound the letter makes, writing it, and activities and snacks usually involve the letter somehow. Last week, the letter was “P” so I brought pretzels and pineapple for snack time.
I found out a few weeks ago, they have something called the “ABC Box.” It’s a box they send home with a kiddo to find three things that start with the letter of the week. I hadn’t known about this box yet because they go in alphabetical order with the kids’ names and my girl’s name starts with a Z.
This box is freaking brilliant!! My daughter has never been so involved in finding things that start with a letter ever! She was asking if everything started with an “N” ( her letter of the week). Whenever she asked if something started with an “N”, I would ask her to sound it out and then she was able to figure it out on her own.
The other day I told her we were going to start our own “ABC Box” at home and she was really excited!
We ended up using a shoe box we had lying around the house-you can use whatever size box you would like, I wanted to start small. I covered it in wrapping paper (with the white side out), and wrote “ABC Box” on it. Then I let my girl decorate it-although she didn’t decorate too much, she was too eager to get started.
For now I’m going to let her pick the letter of the week, and she’ll collect things in the box on the days she doesn’t have preschool. So for us, she’ll work on one letter Thursday-Sunday.
So far, it has been a really fun way for her to get to know her letters a lot better.
Do you have any activities you do with your kiddos to work on letters? Please share in the comments!!