Welcome to the Pre-Reading Skills Focus Series! This is the last post in a 6-part series. Six pre-reading skills have been focused on individually and I hope that you have learned some new information for helping your pre-reader!
In case you missed them, here are the previous posts:
Pre-Reading Skill Focus: Letter Knowledge
What is Letter Knowledge?
Understanding that each letter is different and that each letter has a name and a sound associated with it.
To help your children learn about letters, here are some ideas for multiple age groups:
Infants & Young Toddlers
-Let babies play with different shapes (letters are just different shapes afterall!).
-Read books about shapes and alphabet letters.
-Talk to toddlers about things that are the same and different. This can later translate to how letters are the same and different.
-Provide letter shapes for your child to play with (not too small, as to avoid choking hazards).
Toddlers (2 & 3 year olds)
-Show your child his/her letter (the first letter of the first name). Make this letter special by placing it on his/her door, chair, cup and other items that your child uses.
-Play with magnetic letters on the fridge, or foam letters in the bath.
-Read alphabet books.
-Point out letters in your environment, like the letters on a stop sign.
-Show your child two different letters and ask if they are the same. Show letters that are the same and letters that are different.
-Write your child's name on his/her paper when doing painting or coloring.
-Use letter cookie cutters to play with playdough or letter stamps to make a letter collage.
-Sing the Alphabet Song often.
Pre-Readers (4 & 5 year olds)
-Give your child access to lots of different alphabet books and hands on alphabet pieces (magnetic, foam, blocks, etc).
-Draw letters on the driveway with sidewalk chalk. Have your child jump on the letters as you call out the names.
-Talk about the letters that begin family member's names. For example, D is for Daddy and M is for Mommy.
-When talking about letters, make the sound that accompanies that letter. Therefore, helping your child associate the shape of the letter with the sound.
-Examine alphabet letters. Which look the same? Letter O and Q? Are there any letters that can be turned to look like another letter (b and d)?
-Make letters from playdough or draw letters in shaving cream.
-Look in books to find a favorite letter.
-Play 'I Spy' with different letters. Can your child find the letter you call out?
-Is your child struggling with a specific letter? Have a special letter day! Focus on the troublesome letter all day long! Where a shirt with the letter, cut the letter out of cheese for lunch and hunt for the letter all day long!
Have other LETTER AWARENESS ideas? Please share in the comments!