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Setting Up A Happy Letter Learning Environment At Home

 OCT

 

A great thing you can do to help your child learn the letters of the alphabet is to set up the right learning environment at home. But before you go out and buy desks and make your house look like a classroom – STOP! Try these ideas that are far more fun!

 

Make It Personal

My daughter will be 3 in a couple of months and she has started showing interest in letters – mainly those in her name. So we’ve started creating a personal alphabet chart. I put the letter we are exploring on the wall (well I write it on a poster and stick it to the wall!) and she stands under it, usually with something that starts with it. So for ‘a’ she was eating an apple. I also use ‘picmonkey’ to type the letters of the photos. She is loving it and I can’t wait to see the end result. We also have photos of family members up with their names written underneath. My little one loves ‘reading’ these names and we talk about the letters in the names.

 

 

Have Lots and Lots of Reading Material Available

One of the greatest resources for finding letters are reading materials. Make sure you have easily available a good range of:

  • books – fiction and non-fiction

  • magazines

  • posters

  • signs

  • comics

  • pamphlets

  • cards

 

Alphabet Materials

We have a large range of alphabet materials just ‘around’ the house. My daughter loves to discover and explore these items and it gives me the chance to have a chat about the letters. We have such things as:

  • alphabet magnets

  • alphabet stamps

  • alphabet stencils

  • alphabet stickers

  • alphabet cookie cutters

  • letters cut out of magazines and junk mail

  • store bought alphabet cards and posters

    All just hanging around!

 

For your child it is important that you provide them the opportunity to discover and explore the letters of the alphabet. Having a few of the things mentioned above around can really help with the letter and sound learning process. Just occasionally saying “That’s the letter ‘b’ , it makes a /b/ sound, learn it” is not going to inspire great letter and sound learning!

How have you set up your learning/play environment? I would love to see some photos if you’d like to send them to leigh@theeducationclinic.com.au so I can share them with everyone!

Ever wondered which order you should teach the letters and sounds to your child? I answer this in the next blog. If you haven’t already, please sign up for my newsletter in the above box so you don’t miss a thing!

Until then,

Happy Reading!

 

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 Leigh

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