Do they know the alphabet?
Rote learning is great but we need make sure that they can identify letters individually.
I’m talking to myself here because I noticed that pointing to a letter on the alphabet at random meant that the MO sang the alphabet song quietly to himself until he got to the letter.
I was happy he had a strategy for the letter but realised that most of his alphabet practice was this. He has a good knowledge of more than 75% of the letters but there are about 50% that he sometimes gets wrong if taken out of sequence.
This was news to me.
Being a tactile learner and a big brother that is just dying to help out. We devised a simple game that is perfect for siblings to do together. That time when you’re trying to make dinner or special time with your preschooler.
Rules of the game
- MO gets a lucky dip ( no peeking)
- BG counts on his fingers 54321 ( no sound) holds them up or taps on the table.
- MO has to say the letter before the time is up.
- If the MO says the correct letter then he keeps the letter.
- If he doesn’t then the BG tells him the letter and keeps the letter.
- Whoever has the most letters wins.
Pop the lid on and whip out this game in a spare moment.
The MO and the BG played for a long time and have enjoyed it ever since.
Yes his alphabet recognition out of sequence is improving
I’m sure this activity can be extended for numbers and nouns……..
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