Focusing on letter sounds with toddlers and preschoolers can be a daunting task for parents … or it can be quite easy. Today, I have a simple, easily rotated activity that you can use to teach letter sounds one at a time to toddlers and preschoolers.
Simple, Easily Rotated Activity to Teach Letter Sounds – YouTube Video
In this video, my daughter, Christina, tells about a simple way we focus on individual letters with my 2-year-old (almost 2 1/2 year old) granddaughter, Zoey (Christina’s niece). Zoey loves songs and rhymes, so this is perfect for her … and easy for me to prepare and rotate. We typically sing the songs and say the rhymes together (and have LOTS OF FUN doing it). For the video, Zoey wanted to demonstrate the songs and rhymes herself. She’s TOO CUTE!!!
Materials Needed to Prepare Individual Letter Books to Go with Sandpaper Letters
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- Montessori sandpaper letters or DIY sandpaper letters (or other tactile letters)
- small tabletop easels or basket for letter and book
- free printable little letter books (26 books of songs and rhymes) from The Measured Mom
- the letter book used in the video with assembly instructions
- cardstock (the exact type can vary, but this is what I use)
- paper cutter
- long reach stapler
More about Our Individual Letter Sound Process (shown in video)
Here Christina is showing how we feature our letter. A basket could be used instead.
First, we say the phonetic sound and trace the sandpaper letter while snuggling on the couch. We formally introduce a sandpaper letter at a table, but this is a casual, at-home activity that we do on the couch.
Then we sing the songs and say the rhymes (typically together). If your child just wants to listen, that’s okay, too.
How to Teach Letter Sounds to Toddlers and Preschoolers
You really don’t need to focus specifically on teaching letter sounds using sandpaper letters until about age 2 1/2, although you should always follow your own child’s interests and needs.
My post (with embedded video) on teaching letter sounds will give a good background on introducing the individual sounds, including how to pronounce each sound.
You’ll find many more phonics activities for both toddlers and preschools in my DIY beginning Montessori phonics post.
Note: In case you’re wondering, Zoey’s clothes (and jewelry) are from Gymboree.
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