Teaching children letters and numbers does require patience, especially if your little one is still entering the toddler phase. But don’t worry, children’s curiosity and fun way of learning will make them able to remember the letters of the alphabet and numbers easily.
When to Start Studying?
You don’t need to rush to introduce the alphabet to your little one who is still a toddler. Moms can start introducing letters at the age of 15 months, if you feel your little one is ready.
However, if your little one hasn’t shown any interest in learning the alphabet or numbers, there’s no need to worry, Moms. Some children begin to pronounce the letters of the alphabet at about 4 years of age.
Activities to Introduce the Alphabet
The most effective way to introduce the alphabet is of course by playing or doing fun activities. Here are some things you can do.
Introduce through Books, Stories and Songs
Introducing the alphabet and numbers doesn’t mean you immediately show the letters A, B, C, and so on. Start with small steps such as reading books, telling stories, and singing children’s songs.
These three things are good preparations when your little one gets older and is ready to learn to read and write.
When reading a book, ask your child to tell his favorite part. Use different intonations of voice to keep your little one interested.
Use the Little One’s Name
Teach your little one about his name. Write down the name of the Little One and clearly the letters in the name one by one. Another way is to use alphabet letter decoration. Put your little one’s name in front of his room and say the letters.
First of all, your little one will recognize the shape of the letter. Over time, he will make connections between words, letters, and the resulting sound.
Rhyming songs like the ABCs help your little one hear the sounds of words or letters. Ask your little one to sing along. You can also make alphabet songs like, A for apple, B for Banana, and so on.
Take Advantage of Surrounding Items
Introduce letters through the writings that are around your little one, such as the letters on his favorite cereal box, the letters in the toy store, or other places.
Activities to Introduce Numbers
Teaching numbers can also be a fun activity. Here are some things you can do to make it easier for your little one to remember numbers.
Songs about Numbers
Like the alphabet, songs can also be used to introduce numbers. Sing songs about numbers like Five Little Monkeys or Love Everyone. As you sing, point your finger at each number that is called.
Count Things While Traveling
While walking count objects that are widely visible, such as traffic signs, mailboxes, or trees.
Include it in Your Daily Routine
While putting the toys back in their place, ask your child to count the toys. This simple thing can be done every day. Not only toys, you can also do it when you want to wash your little one’s dirty clothes. Count clothes with your little one while putting clothes in the washing machine.
Count while Shopping
Ask your little one to get him 5 apples or 3 packs of his favorite cookies. In addition to learning about numbers, your little one also learns about responsibility.