This series of Toddler Homeschool posts share my journey of learning with my two toddler grand babies, who live with me. I homeschooled my own three children and it was an amazing experience. I started doing some learning activities with my 2.5 year old grand daughter and thought it would be useful to document our activities to give you some ideas. If you have any toddler learning activities to share, leave a comment or add your post to the linkup at the end. I linked to available products on Amazon (using my affiliate link) for your convenience.
Like a lot of toddlers, Loralye know the ABC song very well.
“…Now I know my ABC’s.
Next time won’t you sing with me?”
To help her make the connection between one of her favorite songs and the alphabet, we’ve been doing some simple alphabet and letter sounds activities in our toddler “homeschool”. I’ll share what items we use and how we use them.
Alphabet And Letter Sounds
Sesame Street ABC’s Flash Cards – These cards are great because they have the letter on one side and a picture with a word, of something that starts with that same letter.
How we use them: I go through the cards, holding them up in front of her and I say each letter and then the sound it makes. Then I turn the card over, repeat the sound and say the word.
For example, I’ll hold up the card with the letter A and say “A” and then “ah”. Then, “B”, then “bu”. The letter, then the sound. She usually likes to repeat the sound after I do it because kids like to make sounds! I go through the whole alphabet, A-Z at a fairly quick pace to keep her interest. Then I turn the card over, say the sound and then the word: “ah alligator”, “bu bat, etc.
Letter dice – These were from a board game but I can’t remember which one. If you know please let me know in a comment to satisfy my curiosity. lol
How we use them: I lay out a few letters like in the photo. Then I’ll say each letter while pointing to it. After I do that a few times I’ll ask her “Where is the letter A?”. She also likes to play with them, roll them around, say the letters that she thinks they are, stacks them up, etc. It’s all good and it’s all learning. 🙂
Spiral Notebook – I bought a simple spiral notebook at my local dollar store and we use it in all our homeschool activities.
How we use it: I hold her hand as we trace letters with the Disney Princess crayons I bought just for homeschool use. After that I turn to a blank page and she draws, scribbles and creates. Lots of times she tries to draw things we learned during the week like shapes or numbers.
Big Bird’s First Book Of Letters – Loralye loves this book because Sesame Street is one of her favorite new shows and Big Bird seems to be her favorite character! And like last time, she wanted to be my “hand model”. 🙂
How we use it: We trace our fingers over each letter as I say what it is and the sound. Then we look at the pictures and I do the same as with the flash cards, make the sounds for the letter and then say the word. “ah ah ah octopus, lu lu lu lion”. My only complaint about this book is they used pictures that have the long i sound, ice cream and island. The other vowels use the short sound which I prefer when making the letter sounds.
Toddler Homeschool Series
- Numbers and Counting
- Learning Colors
- Alphabet and Letters/Sounds
- Vocabulary and Language (coming soon)
- Learning Shapes (coming soon)
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