When should I start teaching alphabets my 16month girl

Mallika - posted on 10/02/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Is it the right time to start teaching my 16 mnth old baby alphabets,rhymes,etc...

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Schmoopy - posted on 10/14/2010

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In addition to my May 2009 baby, I have an older child who attends a Waldorf school, and I'm a huge supporter of the curriculum and philosophy. Many people don't know what Waldorf is, but one of the tenets of its philosophy is developmental readiness.



Children will rise to the occasion if we ask them to learn their letters at this age, but they really aren't ready for academic concepts like the alphabet at this young age. And you won't do your child any favors by pushing before she's ready.



The best thing you can do is read to your child! And answer questions as she asks them. Use your time together honing her fine motor skills (stringing beads, etc.), building her vocabulary (through storytelling), and stretching her attention span. Those are important age-appropriate skills that she'll need when she's ready to learn to read (around the age of 7).

Jennifer - posted on 10/12/2010

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My just-turned 17 month old can recognize A, B, C, D, E, G, O and V on sight and points them out on billboards and menus. She is getting stuck on letters that are hard to pronounce, like H or L but she's learning and loving it! We use a magna doodle to write letters on

Amber - posted on 10/08/2010

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We've started ( she's also 16 months). It started kind of in the car...if she's fussy, I'd sing to her...and I usually sing made up songs, or I'd sing the ABCs.... Just sing them during diaper changes and dance around with her singing them.

Julie - posted on 10/08/2010

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I recommend the Leap Frog Phonic Magnets: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002IXK... We bought a set from Once Upon a Child and my DS has been playing with them since he was about one. Now he's able to recognize all the letters in his name and other letters that start key family member's names. I also sign with we sing the alphabet song; he tries to finger spell along with it now.

Kandice - posted on 10/08/2010

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I began in the womb, LOL. Seriously, the earlier you start ANYTHING, the better. I sing her ABC's while washing her hands & brushing her teeth. We count everything - stairs, toes/fingers when we wash them, pieces of snack, etc.

As far as flash cards or games, you can begin as soon as he/she seems interested. We have several soft books & board books that are accessible to her & she brings them to us to read to her. We also have ABC, number, and color posters at eye level in her playroom.

As a former teacher, I have seen the difference exposure can make. You don't have to "teach" them, just make it fun & repetitive. :)

Tiffany - posted on 10/05/2010

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I havent done too much with ABCs yet. But I have started teaching him colors. And he pretty much knows them all.

Amber - posted on 10/05/2010

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The alphabet is our hand washing song....he does not sing it yet but will make the melody while he washes his hands. Your baby is never to young to sing to!

Mallika - posted on 10/05/2010

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Thx all for answering my queries.just tell me the links from where I can download the videos of alphabets,rhymes,cartoons,etc. which I can teach to my baby.Thx in advance

Kristinia - posted on 10/03/2010

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I agree with Leigh. You can teach you baby whenever you want.
I have recently started teaching my daughter the alphabet. And she has already picked up ABC both in sign language and vocally. Just make it fun for them and enteratining,

Ricky - posted on 10/03/2010

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start rhyming or singing to her, and within time she will learn them. My son will play patty cake, hes not singing it yet but he will clap hands with me. Thats the only one I am teaching him for now because I dont want to overwhelm him. Although I do sing the alphabet with him, but its not our main song. So you can start now if you like and remember to keep it fun.

Leigh-Lani - posted on 10/02/2010

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You can teach your baby whatever you want her to learn providing you have the patience and she has the interest to want to learn!
But most importantly, if she doesnt learn it in the time frame you want her to, remember, its not monumental that she learn all this now!
My little man mimicks all the nursery rhymes etc that my four yr old sings! They'll learn it when they want to!

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