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In an effort to be a more hands-on mom to my three boys, I created this alphabet learning challenge. I combined the hands-on elements of play activities, crafts, and coloring sheets with auditory bombardment activities to develop speech for each letter of the alphabet.
This challenge focuses on:
- Identifying letters (capital and lower case)
- Learning the letters’ sound(s)
We will do this by incorporating the follow items to learn each letter and stress pronunciation:
- Having a letter of the day coloring sheet (which we also used as a tracing the letter sheet)
- Reading sound repetition books
- Doing letter focused crafts and/or activities
- Learning a song with the letter of the day
- Incorporating a nursery rhyme for most letters
- Eating food that starts with our letter (if available)
This challenge was created not only to help our children learn their letters and sounds, but also as a challenge for me. It was my 26-day mommy makeover…. learning to sit down and teach the boys. Learning to take time out of my day’s to-do list and focus on my boys. And honestly, to work on growing my patience in the process. Little did I know what a blessing working through the alphabet with my boys would be. It has helped me as a mother to be more hands-on active with them through both play and crafting.
The boys LOVED doing our letter activities. Every day Connor, my almost 5-year old, would ask me, “Are we going to do a letter today, Mommy?” Connor has battled with a severe speech delay and has been in a Phonology Class (an extensive speech class) for the last year and a half. I wrote the sound aspect of this challenge to mimic the auditory learning bombardment activities he has worked on in class. I pronounce the words and then the boys repeat them. It is vital for children in need of speech services to hear a sound over and over. (Hence why there are so many words in the sound section of this challenge.) Plus, it helps grow your children’s vocabulary. Connor graduated from him Phonology Class last Friday and I’d like to think it is in part due to the special emphasis we placed on working through each letter’s sound.
Likewise, the challenge helped our 3-year old get excited about learning. Since he was starting preschool at the beginning of September, I wanted to introduce him to focused learning time and he has taken to it very well.
The Alphabet Challenge may be used in a variety of ways:
- Use it as a 26-day challenge for the month of August to get kids back in the school groove.
- Have a letter of the week and spread the activities and crafts out over a week’s time. This technique would be the most efficient at learning each letter as so much more time in concentrated on it. The disadvantage may be not enough activities for an entire week, getting ‘bored’ with the letter, and the amount of time it would take to get through the entire alphabet.
- Spend 2-3 days on each letter. This gives ample time for activities and crafts and keeps your child excited about learning more letters!
- Teach children their name by just working on the letters in your child’s name. (The coloring sheets will be key to this activity. ) Write out your child’s name and keep it in front of them as they work on the letters. Show them where the letter is located in his/her name. Learning other words that start with the letters in their name and tracing the letters will help with name recognition and writing. Then have your child practice writing his/her name. This is a great confidence builder for kids.
I hope this alphabet learning challenge is a great resource for you and your little ones!