In the past month, Evie has learned her entire alphabet. Since her second birthday in March, her vocabulary has expanded by 2-4 words every day. Her ability to express herself has made temper tantrums a little less frequent. One thing she has picked up pretty organically, without much pushing from us, has been learning her letters.
I’m sure this varies from kid to kid, but as a teacher – it is a serious joy to watch her learning. I thought I’d share a few things we have around the house that have helped her learn the alphabet letters. I’m not a huge fan of noise-centric or “educational toys” because of what I call noise pollution. We haven’t introduced her to Iphone apps, so these are mostly things we do with her.
Alphabet Animals Flash Cards. These have beautiful designs, and the letters are crisp and easy to recognize. Evie got them for her birthday, and they are definitely a favorite.
Magnetic Letters. Evie has a set of these on a tray from a vintage Fisher Price schoolhouse. She loves being able to feel the letters, adding a kinesthetic way of learning letters. This puzzle would also be a good option!
Charley Harper ABCs book. A favorite book in our house, if you only pick one alphabet item, I’d recommend this one. Charley Harper’s illustrations are inspiring to kids and adults. The fonts are graphic for easy learning. This book was the way Evie first said all the letters from A to Z.
Kid O A to Z Magnatab. We don’t own this yet, but I’ve heard it’s fantastic for helping kids practice writing their letters. Plus, it’d be perfect to use in the car.
Sesame Street, Classics Vol. 1. Focusing on one letter and one number a day has really helped Evie begin to recognize letters. There’s a reason these classics are still popular! I love that I can stream the episodes from Amazon Prime for free.
Next up, numbers! Right now she’s got, “1, 2, 3 … 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.”