Tips for Teaching ABCs and 1,2,3s
Is your toddler ready to tackle her ABCs and 1,2,3s? Not sure how to begin your lesson plan? Every child learns differently. Here are a few strategies to try:
One at a time. You can opt for the Sesame Street method of learning and teach your child one letter each day and center activities, meals and more around that letter. For example, on “S” day, serve sandwiches for lunch and make sandcastles for fun.
Make your own alphabet book. Get some construction paper and yarn to make the book, and then focus on adding one letter to it per day. Have your child color the letter and look for photos from magazines and more to cut out and add to their appropriate page.
Count out load, and often. When playing with your little one, count the objects you are playing with — blocks, cups, toy cars — whatever it may be.
Be aware of your surroundings. Point out numbers around you when you’re shopping, paying bills, on street signs, mailboxes and more. Praise your child
if she starts pointing numbers out to you.
Remember every child learns at his or her own pace. Try not to become frustrated if your child doesn’t catch on as quickly as you anticipate he or she should. If you are truly concerned, contact your family pediatrician.