I need some suggestions on teaching my antsy just-turned-4-year-old her letter recognition and sounds.?
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Once she learns her letters and sounds and is ready for beginning reading you can try the Scholastic “Bob” Books. They are perfect for learning how to read with short 3 letter words that get progressively harder.
Monday, form the letter with glue and have her sprinkle glitter on it. (upper and lower case)
Tuesday, have her look at and touch her glitter letter and say the letter name and sound.
Wednesday, make the letter out of play dough and talk about its name and sound. (upper and lower case)
Thursday, get out paints and paint the letter.
Friday, do a coloring page from an alphabet coloring book.
Every day: Read to the child, see if she can point to that week’s letter in the book you are reading, if not point it out to her and talk about it.
Look for that week’s letter in everyday situations. For instance on cans, road signs, cereal boxes, etc.
Review a few of the letters done in past weeks, divide them up by the number of days you work on them so she doesn’t end up doing a review of 26 letters all in one day.
Add to these fun activities with other fun activities that come to mind.
Limit T.V. time.
Give her alphabet based toys and games.
There is also a really fun alphabet computer game called Living Letters by Larken Software. It is available from http://www.rainbowresource.com
To foster interest, read to her. It’s by far the best tool. Both of my children were reading at age 4. But, both learned a different way. My oldest just got it, but wasn’t interested in phonetics. She learned from memorization. My youngest, didn’t know or recognize all her letters when she turned 4. But , before she turned 5 (3 months ago) she started reading.
I had tried flash card etc. No interest. She learned letter sounds before letter names. Now she understands word families, silent e, can pronounce words by sounding them out (even if she sounds out incorrectly she usually figures it out) and I think a better reader than my oldest at the same age. She also took a great interest in numbers and now does basic addition and subtraction problems.
So just keep reading to her, she is taking in more than you realize.
Check out the program Between the Lions on PBS. Your local library should have VHS tapes on this program. Very catchy.
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