Learning Girly Style
My son has always enjoyed learning. When he was young, we would sit and do crafts and I would teach him how to write his letters, numbers, and talk about what letter sounds are, etc. He was easy in this because he truly loves learning. Now my with my daughter is has been a lot more difficult. She doesn’t want to be taught, although she is very bright. She is way more verbal (typical) so she will sit for hours and read and monologue with herself, and I secretly love to listen to her!
With preschool on the horizon for next year, I decided it was time to “teach” her some letters. I made a princess castle out of large butcher paper and put all the letters of the alphabet on it. I then printed off several princess and fairy pictures to go along with the letters. We made a game out of it and she matched the letters with the pictures of the princesses. It was a lot of fun for both of us, and she knew way more than I gave her credit for. The only letter she didn’t recognize was an X. She knew most of the sounds and was able to match them (although Cinderella was quite tricky). So not only was this a fun game for her, it was a great way for me to see all she already knows! I was very proud of her, and she has come around to want to work on writing the letters even, WOW!!!
My son really like that so I ended up making him a superhero cape with the different heros saying various sayings. It has helped him pick up a few more sight words, and he has enjoyed looking at all the superhero’s too!