I'm teaching my son and daugher their abc's, numbers, and colors anybody have a better ideas to keep them focus. I

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Heather - posted on 11/19/2010

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My girls also love the leapfrog toys and movies. We also do lot's of singing about the alphabet, numbers, and days of the week/months of the year. As someone else said, youtube is great for song ideas!

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I am always singing around the house and I would sing the abc song in 3 different ways. youtube is awesome!!! Type in "super simple learning alphabet" or "alphabet songs" or "phonics songs" or "elmo and india" (that's one of their favorites) There are heaps of great tools on there. my twins are 3 and they have it all down pat now. I am working on sight words and word building now with them. My 20 month old can already recite the whole alphabet and identify some letters as well as count to 20 because of these things. It's so exciting seeing them get excited about learning. There are many free online sources from which, I'll often print out pages of letters and numbers for them to colour and when they're colouring it's a great time to work on identifying their colours. Also leap frog fridge letters are great too. It announces the name of each letter and all the sounds the letters make. They have an airplane one for later that helps them with word building. God luck!! : )

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Use music - song and dance. My 17 year olds still remember all the singing we did and it built their language skills and academic skills so much.

Stephanie - posted on 04/05/2009

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I feel like repeating a song like ABCs and numbers helps a lot. Just doing a lot of repetition will get them to learn them fast.

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I have three kids. An 8 year old and my twins are 3 1/2. All of them learn a little differently than the others.  My oldest is very inquisitive and has always picked up on stuff quickly. My oldest twin Luke will sit there and do a workbook with me or look at ABCs, etc in a book and work with me. My youngest twin, Tyler, has a very short attention span. I found with him I have to teach with things he can manipulate. At 2 years old, Tyler was doing 25-50 piece puzzles and now he does 100 and 300 by himself. If he can touch it and move it around, he learns better. So i have stocked up on bingo games, 2 piece puzzles, etc that teach those concepts. Tyler loves them and Luke does too because they are all games.



I think you need to find what works for each kid because every kids has their way of learning.

Shelley - posted on 04/05/2009

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My preschoolers love leapfrog products, I just bought this writing leap frog toy and it teachers them the alphabet, what starts with that letter and how to draw the letter. My 3 year old is already writing his A, B, C, O, M, W, X, and knows what they are.



Also wanted to point out that if you have a Teacher Store near you there is great items you can get. We bought an abc and numbers bullentin board sign and have it hanging in our kitchen so it's in plain sight.

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My little boys are 2.5 and 1.5 and they love the toddler computer games on the fisher price website. There'c a counting game, an Alphabet zoo and a color and shapes game. It always depends on what else is going on how long they sit there, but they both really like to play.

Lisa - posted on 04/05/2009

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I agree with Anna.  Use daily activities to teach.  I used to start asking a question here and there such as What color is your shirt?  Or I used it while dressing her.  Lets put on the blue shirt.  We also used books that were specific to the alphabet or colors during reading time, she loves for us to read books to her.  I didn't use structured time to teach these.  My daughter picked it up quickly.  My twins are only 10 weeks and I will use this technique with them as well.  You can use the same thing with counting. 

Nicole - posted on 04/04/2009

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I don't like to rely on TV for teaching my kids, but I must praise the Leapfrog "Letter Factory" DVD. At 2 1/2, my son knew all his letters, what sounds they made, etc after watching it just twice! We watch it together and then talk about what we learned. His twin sister, however, could care less. I am making progress by having them play "school" with my older daughter playing the teacher. It's a favorite game since the youmger one's are always asking to go to school like their big sister. I have had issues with my son, who has always been more advanced in that area, answering before his sister has a chance to even think about it. Sometimes I have to give him something else to do while Bella is "in class". Seems to be working, a little.

Anna - posted on 03/31/2009

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Look for your teachable moments as you move through your day. Talk to them about the colors they see outside or at the grocery store, count the all the bugs they can find when playing, find letters in books as you read together. You can get in a LOT of teaching time without them knowing you are "teaching". It looks like they are around 3 years old? I wouldn't expect more than a few minutes of attention at a time for structured activities. They are still too busy and curious for that ! :)

Tasha - posted on 03/25/2009

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When they were one, I put the alphabet, numbers and colors up on the wall. Once a day me (or their big sisters) would go over them two times, sing some songs, go over a scripture and let them pick a book to be read to them. The whole program took 30 - 45 minutes, but being in their bedroom made it easy to keep their attention. Then it was up on the wall for them to see all the time. They are now 7 and love to read and are honor roll students.

Terri - posted on 03/25/2009

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I agree with Melissa...all depends on age.  I do daycare for babies 6 weeks and up and I sometimes laugh at myself cause I end up reading to myself and talking to myself alot...just know though that they are hearing you talk no matter if they are facing you or not.  Just do short spurts to begin with increasing as they attend to you...make sounds to attract their attentions, have a music toy in your hand and play it every once in awhile to get their attentions back to you...SONGS/music making learning more interesting and fun.  I'm sure that is why the A-B-C song is still around...Another great time is when they are in their highchairs eating (if they can eat on their own) or doing playdough, etc in highchair.  I really think flashcards with words on them too are valuable.  And start out with flashcards with pictures of stuff they see everyday...dog, cat, truck, car, house, cup, circle,etc... just keep it up they will catch on before you know it... 

Melissa - posted on 03/25/2009

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I would say this all depends on their age. I was trying to do this with mine at around 1 year of age and their attention span was close to none. As time has gone on at around 16 months I noticed a change and now my son at 23 months knows all his letters and my daughter is getting there. I just made up my own flash cards on hard poster board and did each letter in a different color and would just ask them to repeat what I said.(Same with numbers) As for colors I get their stacking blocks and have them put them on top of each other and as I take one away I ask them what color it is.....they are getting better at this. Best of luck.

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