The lessons presented to you here labeled “Bookworm Basics” will be geared towards teaching a young child the basics of reading. It will focus on activities that can be painlessly integrated into your/your child’s every day life. You can just go about your normal routines with your little one feeling relaxed, confident & proud of how much you can teach your child, even on your busiest of days.
In teaching, repetition is the key to learning, and that is especially true when teaching a toddler. With that said, please keep in mind that a young child has a very short attention span. It is extremely important to work with your toddler for just a few minutes at a time. It’s the repetition, going over little lessons with your child regularly, that will have the most positive impact.
The secret to making these mini lessons happen is to set yourself up for success. If you make it convenient for you to work with your child daily then you will do it. This is the first of many lessons to help your child grow up to B.A. Bookworm.
Teach your child the alphabet
There are many ways to bring the alphabet into your childs life on a daily basis with things like alphabet books, blocks and toys. But, to showcase each letter of the alphabet daily try this:
Post the letters of the alphabet on a wall that your child will see often, such as in a bedroom or playroom.
Put these letters at your childs eye level so he/she can explore them often whether you are there or not. Do not have pictures associated with each letter as the main focus should be the letter itself. Post the alphabet on the wall in two rows so that you and your child can stand in one place to see and/or touch the letters.
Place A-N on the top row and O-Z on the bottom row like this:
Make it a routine
Go over the alphabet with your child a couple of times each day when it’s most convenient for you both. As you do this, say each letter name aloud and bring attention to each one by moving your finger along beneath each letter as you name it. Do this with your child twice a day at times that are the most convenient for you, such as just before nap time and bedtime. This would also be a terrific time to sing the ABC song with your child as well. Just be sure when singing the song that you do it conscientiously and pronounce each letter clearly. It’s easy to lump the letters LMNOP together while singing if you are not careful.
The easiest way to put the alphabet up on the wall is to use alphabet decals. The kind that sticks in place but will not leave marks on your walls and can be repositioned if need be. These decals are very inexpensive and there are many different styles to choose from. If you go to ebay.com and type “alphabet wall decals” you will find a huge selection there, or you could just google that term. There are many different styles and colors of alphabet decals so I’m sure you could find something there to match any decor.
Take note: When shopping make sure that the letter style you choose displays each one correctly. Consider the letter I, be sure this letter has the top and bottom line and is not just presented as a line which mimics a lowercase L. Other letters to look at carefully are the G, J and Q.
Start with capital letters first
Capital letters are larger and easier to spot. Once your child is familiar with all of the capital letters then you can move on to the lowercase letters. If your child is already familiar with capital letters then simply purchase lowercase letter decals and use this activity as outlined with those.
Any time you do this activity with your child be sure be sure that he/she is in a good mood and always keep these lessons short, lighthearted and fun. It’s okay if your child is fidgety or is not watching you every second. Remember that it’s the repetition of doing this over and over again that will help your child absorb what you are teaching. Above all else, have fun!
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