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May2018

7 Fun Ways To Teach The Alphabet and Phonics

7 Fun Ways To Teach The Alphabet and Phonics

The summer holidays are just around the corner now and maybe you’re already thinking that it will allow you extra time to spend with your kid. Perhaps you want to encourage them educationally, over the holidays and prepare them for the next class they will be going into. In today’s blog, I want to focus on younger children – approximately aged 2 to 6 years. During this period, children in Ireland are encouraged to recognise letters and know their name and sound. For some, this can come very naturally, but for others, it can be difficult to grasp. Here are some fun educational toys that will help your child learn what each letter looks like and from there, you can teach them the sound it makes.

  1. Alphabet Peg Puzzle

As soon as children can speak, we tend to teach them the alphabet song. This is also the perfect time to show them what the letters look like. This fun wooden alphabet puzzle from Melissa and Doug Toys has each letter cut out of the board. It’s also great for your child’s fine motor skills as they attempt to place the letter into the correct letter shape. As you do this with your child, tell them what the letter name and sound is. Underneath each letter  is a picture of something that begins with that letter. So, for example, underneath Z is a picture of a zip. This will help reaffirm the sound z makes.

Melissa and Doug Wooden Alphabet Peg Puzzle

2. Alphabet Workbook

This workbook has 24 pages to complete by drawing over the letters, colouring in the pages and sticking on the stickers. It’s for children aged 3+

Alphabet Sticker Book for 3 and 4 year olds from Galt

 

3. See and Spell Wooden Puzzle

Once your child has learnt what each letter looks and sounds like, it’s time to introduce blending sounds. This See and Spell Puzzle from Melissa and Doug Toys is a perfect way to introduce this. Each board has a picture of a word and letter shapes for your child to find the correct letters for. It’s wooden, so it’s super durable and it will last through several kids.

Melissa and Doug See and Spell wooden educational toy for three and four year olds

 

4.Wooden Cart with ABC Blocks

Janod - Sweet Cocoon Cart with ABC Blocks

Small children won’t grasp phonics as toddlers but they can start recognising letters from when they are very little. This gorgeous pull along cart from Janod is a great way to show them letters.

5.  Card Games

Matilda Splendid Spelling Games

The BFG Spelling Card Games

For older children, I sell two boxes of educational card games that encourage spelling – Matilda’s Splendid Spellings Games and The BFG Spelling Card Games.

 

6.  Reading

Peter Rabbit My First Little Library Books for Toddlers

Reading to your child can never start too soon and as they hear sounds repeated, learn the words from repetition, they will start to look at the words and recognise some of them. I stock two gorgeous little box sets – The Gruffalo Little Library and Peter Rabbit Little Library. They are perfect for small children.

 

7. Boggle – €14.99

Boggle is a really fun, fast-moving game which you can enjoy playing with your children aged 8+. Find as many words as possible from the letter combinations drawn out.

Boggle

Boggle game

 

No matter what stage in letter recognition and phonics your child is at, I’ve something to help in a fun and enjoyable way.

Happy Learning,

xx Suzie

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