Miss Q. (age three) has officially learned all of her upper-case letters!
I have noticed that lots of children her age know them, of course, especially if their parents use educational videos or send the children to preschool. Since we don’t do either of those things, I have to remember to be deliberate! Q. often reminds me of my oldest, E., and he was reading at her age, so when I realized I hadn’t bothered to teach her her letters, I felt a little guilty.
Well, I counted up the entries in my binder (binders are wonderful records, remember?) and it took only 35 days to gain letter mastery. Now, that really equalled about three months because we only worked on it two or three days per week, most weeks. But it was a simple, ten minute session each time, and it was easy.
We used A is for Annabelle, it turns out. I thought that, because she was so much like E., she’d benefit from game-type learning, just playing with the letters, but she did not, and after about a week of confusing her, we switched to A is for Annabelle, which she adored.
Alphabet books are pretty obvious, as far as these things go, but in case you are interested, we simply read through the book. In the very beginning, I point at the letter, say its name, and the child repeats after me. As time goes on, the child is able to say more and more of the letters without being prompted. So, when I say it “took 35 days” I mean that in 35 lessons on 35 separate days, Q. was able to say the names of all of the letters without being prompted during our reading. I then helped her play with our letter puzzle, and she proved that she knew the letters well enough to identify them in a different context.
With this said, I recently graduated her to my Letter Matching Game (details on using the game are available). We’ve been having lots of fun, and she’s settled into a steady pace, adding one new letter each time we play. If she keeps it up, I’ll have her beginning Bob Books Set 1 before she’s four!
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