A few weeks ago I was at the library with my toddler. I was looking high and low on the bookshelves for great books to bring home while she was playing quietly in the play area. Every once in a while she would run over to give me something she had found. On one of these deliveries she was holding a magnet of the letter “H.” As she handed it to me she said “H.” Some luck and a little bit of knowledge combined for her to get that right, but I was impressed. It got me to thinking, is she capable of learning the alphabet? What is she capable of learning right now? And what can I be doing to guide her in learning new things. She was already picking up on so much, but maybe it was time for us to add a little structured learning to our day.
As I was thinking about what I could do a million extravagant ideas came to mind, but as I thought about what I truly wanted I decided more than anything I wanted to enjoy learning with my daughter. I wanted it to be a simple time together that we could both enjoy. So I have been putting together booklists, simple activities, and some really simple worksheets to share with any other moms that are looking for good ways to introduce letters, the alphabet, and hopefully some other topics to their little ones.
For this first lesson I wanted to focus on the alphabet generally and as a whole. There are so many fun and clever ABC books out there, but somehow I narrowed our ABC booklist down to our 8 favorites.
ABC3D by Marion Bataille- This pop-up alphabet book is beautiful and original. My daughter loves it, but we keep it on the high shelf and only look at it together since some of the pages are a bit fragile.
Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli- The illustrations are so fun and adorable. This book is perfect for little hands.
AlphaBugs by David A. Carter- An alphabet book I remember reading over and over again as a child. My daughter loves to read this book at least twice!
Alphaprints: ABC by Roger Priddy- In this book all the pictures are made with fingerprints and the ridges are perfect for little fingers to touch and feel.
A is for Annabelle by Tasha Tudor- This old fashioned doll alphabet is absolutely gorgeous. Perfect for little girls.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault- A classic tale about the letters of the alphabet. My daughter always loves to sing her ABC’s at the end of the book.
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker- I love this story about all the different professions of these little green peas from A to Z.
Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers- In this book there is a short story for each letter of the alphabet. It is a fun book full of nonsensical stories. It would be a great book to read when learning each letter individually.
For this activity I decided to just create a very simple ABC poster. I wanted it to be bright and something I could keep up in our room for some time. You can download the poster here. (It does take a minute to load).
I wanted to keep the activity simple as well. I decided to get out our blocks that have the ABC’s on them and just play with them. My daughter has noted that there are different pictures on the sides of the blocks and will tell me what they are, so I am hoping that she will learn that there are letters too and start to be able to tell them to me.
And that was our first week of our little preschool. It was really fun to do together. I usually just let her pick out some books to read together. We would sing the abc’s a couple of times, and play with blocks. When she was done we were done. It was fun and simple.
Next week we will dive into The Letter A.
What are some of your favorite books you read or activities you do as you teach your child the ABC’s? I would love to know what you love!