Hi all! I hope you and your loved ones have been well! Just dropping this blog post with a fun and useful learning tool for parents of kiddies 18 mths to 6 years! Head on over to the blog to download a bright alphabet recognition chart that you can use and refer to as you teach your little one the foundation of phonics and reading. This alphabet recognition chart will help you to track and monitor your child's progress with learning the English alphabet and its sounds. If you've never used one of these simple learning support tools before, no worries, the easy instructions are on the printable and I've added great info and tips in the short post so check it out :).
Good day to you! How is everything going? Have you found any creative ways to keep track of the days? Haha - me either! I have been getting some "me time" lately by waking up at 3am each day; the house is so calm and quiet because my 7 wild and wacky daughters are all peacefully in their beds asleep. Never thought I would become such a devoted morning person, but doing this has helped me keep my sanity and my businesses going with all the chaos that abounds! Of course, I can look forward to hearing bedroom doors opening by 7am, that means I have to be ready to tackle a full day of meal preps, learning activities, nap times, nappy changes, teenage girl tantrums and more. When I want to restore some sort of calm I choose a session of reading with my 4 youngest (8, 5, 4 and 2!) As we adjust to our "new normal"; millions of us around the world have had to "relearn" daily life in a sudden change of plans and events that none of us could have ever expected. And to add madness to mayhem we also have to ensure our children don't fall back a grade level academically while at home in our care. Based on the number of emails, messages and phone calls I get on a daily basis from a combined 30+ teachers between my school-aged children - our children's schools are obviously in high anticipation that we return our children to school on par with our national curriculum and expected grade levels... no pressure there at all, right?. Honestly, there are some days where I just have to skip the fancy, overwhelming home-school schedule and spend an hour of reading excitedly to my little ones. Simply reading has proven to have its way of keeping my girls focused and academically stable during all this global madness as we await the day they can actually return to school. If you are drowning under housework, home-school, working-from-home, meal prep, boredom and/or just trying to survive within your home's four walls with energetic kids everywhere - take a breather, read a few books, escape from the day's reality and spend some quality time. My girls and I have shared a short list of children's books we would recommend to you for your little ones and many of them are also free to download on kindle! 😉
Teaching your toddler through song and dance or bright, colorful play-type activities is the ideal way to start. I have used a combination of reading, singing, dancing, flash cards and daily conversation to build my toddlers' confidence and familiarity with colors, numbers, letters, sounds and words with each of my six eldest of seven daughters.
Learning the alphabet and how to count is a fundamental step for every toddler - these two basic learning tools set the foundation for a bright future of life-long learning. It is often recommended to introduce your child to letters and numbers from as early as 6 months, however, this should be limited to songs, music and dancing the "numbers song" or "ABC song".
Starting early with daily reading in a fun, exciting and loving fashion is one of the best ways to accelerate your child's learning abilities. Choosing a particular time of day to have story time with your toddler is also a good ideal this means they know what is expected of them and what to expect of you at that time - it is reading time, a time when little angel and mommy sit together and look at books and perhaps read a few.