Terrific Toy Tuesday: Alphabet Marks the Spot

“What did you roll, Quinnie?” I asked my daughter. “An igloo! Igloo starts with the letter I!” she responded and sought out the letter “I” on the mat and jumped on it. One of the first steps to learning how to read is not only recognizing letters but mastering the sounds to identify which words start with certain letters. Even though Quinn has known the alphabet and been able to recite it for a few years now, when she was about three and half, I decided to purchase an interactive game that reinforces what she knows while encouraging her to want to learn how to sound out words and eventually read.

Though the game is marketed to children in kindergarten (five years old) and up, and Quinn just turned four last month, she is still able to have fun with it because there are multiple ways to play based on the level of the child. Also there is a focus on gross motor, language, social and behavioral skills that she can apply not only in an academic setting but simply interacting with people in her everyday life.

There’s so much pressure for children to learn to read at young ages, and even though Quinn is learning how to sound out and spell a few words, I want it to be a fun experience for her where she is excited about learning, and this game is one of the resources that has helped. If you are looking for a way to promote learning the alphabet and transitioning to reading with active play for your child, Alphabet Marks the Spot by Learning Resources may be the perfect choice for you.

 

All the best,

Tanya

P is for Playground: Learning from a Toddler’s Perspective

P is for Playground

P is for Playground

What child does not like to go to the playground? It’s a great place to run, jump, play and have fun, but it’s so much more than that. The playground is a place for children to explore, learn something new and even reinforce what they have already learned. Not too long ago, my two year old daughter and I were at the park, and she pointed to an area on the jungle Gym, and said, “P!” It took me a few seconds to realize that she was pointing to what appeared to be the letter “P,” and I thought to myself, ” How observant is she!” While my little girl knows all of her letters and enjoys pointing them out throughout the course of the day, this was the first time she pointed to an object that resembled a letter and identified it as such. Though I cannot physically see the synapses firing in her brain as she makes these connections, I just love watching her mind at work as she makes sense of the world and realizes that the opportunity to learn is all around her.

All the best,

Tanya