Matthias is now 18 months old. I can hardly believe it. It seems like yesterday I was bringing him home from the hospital. Time flies, doesn’t it?
He is showing us day after day how much he is learning, sometimes to our disappointment. We don’t want him to be able to open doors, undo the cabinet child locks, work the phone, turn the computer on and off and flip the light switches already but he does. He learns so fast just by watching us. The other day he even took a screwdriver out of the drawer and brought it to the stool and stuck it right in the whole where the screws are. The kid is bright.
His vocabulary is growing too. It now includes mama, daddy, dog, bubba (brother), Sargie, cup, stinky, Stanley (the fish in his storybook, Bright Stanley), door, bye-bye, go, no, stop, side (outside) and his favorite word, “nack” (snack).
I taught all of my kids to read simply by reading to them. I never rush them to learn. I simply expose them to things that will help them along. Matthias is read to everyday, sometimes several times a day. That is the most beneficial thing to do. Other things inlcude giving him little color sheets with the alphabet on them. He gets to “culoo” (color) while mama reads to him. A great book for learning the alphabet is Dr. Seuss’ A B C book. It is a family favorite.
I am giving a file full of color sheets and alphabet handwriting tracing sheets for you to download. We don’t use the tracing sheets yet but I thought I’d include them in case someone else could use them.
Suggestions for exposing your little ones to the alphabet:
- Read. Read. Read to the little one.
- Sing the alphabet song.
- Use alphabet color sheets.
- Make letters out of clay or draw them in the sand/dirt.
There need not be any strict regimen. Kids will learn on their own if they are given enough exposure. Just have fun with it!
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