Ideas to start teaching toddlers ?

Lisa - posted on 10/02/2012 ( 13 moms have responded )




I have a three year old. I am trying to get her to learn her abc 's an numbers. I have been using flash cards, also an iphone app - called

" uteach toddler " which i make my own flashcards. Plus i have a small chalkboard, and also trying to read basic books. Just wanting to know any other ideas other moms have for learning/teaching? thank you


September - posted on 10/02/2012




Reading to your child often is the best way to start. You can also write his name and point out the letters as well as sounding them out since it's important to learn the sounds of the letter as well. Alphabet puzzles are great, signing the alphabet song or singing in general in wonderful too. One of my favorite things to do with our almost 4 year old is to choose a letter of the day. We make foods that start with the letter, do crafts and talk about words that start with the chosen letter; we even make up our own silly words. I think the most important thing to learning is to have fun with it, children learn much more when they're having fun. Enjoy!


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Jessica - posted on 10/15/2012




we read to our son as much as possible and take him on library dates at least once a week. This has helped

Gina - posted on 10/15/2012




Every time we are in the van with the boys we sing our ABCs. We never play the radio which can distract small children anyway. We sing and count. They boys just turned 3 years old and can sing the alphabet and count to twenty. Next, we will start singing "A is for Apple"..."Boy is for Boy"...signing brings along a great spirit of encouragement and makes memorization much easier. Good luck & singing!

Elizabeth - posted on 10/15/2012




Aim to incorporate it into something she likes to do. I use a lot of chalk because my little one likes to color and chalk is easy to clean off of most surfaces. For instance drawing on the walls of her room with chalk. She likes doing something that is special and usually not allowed and for me its easy clean up. She loves making giant letters. Also you could put the flash cards on objects in the house and go around and identify the letter and object that starts with that letter. I find that along with traditional methods of teaching using active inventive activities works well and keeps them interested. My little loves it and has learned a lot like this. We are actually moving on to more complicated things, like reading small books and addition and subtraction. For math the kitchen is great.

Rachel - posted on 10/14/2012




I used two websites.. &

Because of these my 4Yr old is reading at a high first /low 2nd grade level and has not stepped foot in lla class room. He will start kindergarten next August

Candice - posted on 10/11/2012




Leap Frog is a amazing they have all sort of things out and it makes learning fun my Daughter has the tag pen for helping her learn to read and My youngest son who is 5 learned the sounds the letters make just from sitting and reading with her when she uses it

Melissa - posted on 10/10/2012




We have netflix and when I was pregnant with my second my 3 year old (not quite 2 at the time) watched quite a bit of TV, but he watches lots of leapfrog stuff, Super Why, Dora, Blues Clues and the more educational stuff (leapfrog is my favorite!) and he learned all his letters, numbers, shapes, colors, animals and has picked up a decent amount of spanish from watching all that TV.

I also read to him a lot and we have been working on preschool work books since he was 2 and now that he's 3 we do it most days. He just got the vtech vreader for his birthday and LOVES that toy and he has lots of other toys that help with letters and numbers, like a toy laptop, a text and go toy (I think by vtech) and an activity table.

Sarah - posted on 10/10/2012




I find that learning through play is the best way. I have some big foam letters that fit together like a puzzle. We put them together and then make a game out of finding the letters. I have also seen the big foam numbers in stores. We would sometimes make a game out of the toys in the toy box. Finding all the yellow toys and then counting them, etc. Or when it is pick up time I would say to pick up a certain number of toys and bring them to me. Or a certain color. You can also do shapes this way as well. I think you can make any play thing or play time a learning time, but you also have to have balance. Sometimes learning takes other forms. Playing house is learning life skills. Sometimes when we would do letters I would also do sounds too. I recently learned that the sounds of the letters are what we should focus on more then the letters the sounds are the main tools for reading and that kids that are taught sounds first the names of the letters come soon after. Strange way of learning...but does make sense. I still struggle with teaching this way though as saying the alphabet has always been something that you just teach.

Some other sources for learning.......I really like the Leapster. They have changed since my daughter got hers, but there was a game she REALLY enjoyed playing called "Talking Word Factor". She learned A LOT from this game. There are other Leapster games that work on counting, math, reading, etc. The games also grow with the child. There are levels to each game so as they learn how to do one thing it ups the challange for them so they continue to learn. There are also some really great websites that have fun games for kids to play.

PBS also has some great TV shows that are really good educational wise. "Word World" is one of my favorites. All the things on the show are spelt out and then make the shape of what they are. For example: the pig is spelt PIG and the PIG makes the shape of the pig. There was one show where they were teaching the meaning of an "S" at the ending of words. So they would put an "s" at the end of the word and then it would make a ton of that object (pizzas, beds, etc.). Then that became a problem because there was too many of that object, so to clean everything up and make it back to 1 item they had to take the ''s" off the word. "Super Why" is another good one. I find this show to be good for all ages, but think it would be more for your 4-5 yr olds where as "Word World" I would say would be able to keep a 2-3 yr olds has more color and is bolder. "Super Why" also talks more about words in a story and what word would work better for the problem they have. Where "Word World" is more on the individual letters.

Amanda - posted on 10/05/2012




We have a crayola dry-erase activity board. It has a slot to insert different papers, so that the child can draw on the board without messing up the paper. My 5 & 3 year old love to use it to practice writing and learning their letters and numbers. Since my printer is out of ink I've been making my own worksheets, and being able to use them over again really helps out.

Lori - posted on 10/04/2012




We also have the foam letters, upper and lower case, for the tub. Throughout bath time we would pick up a letter and ask for either the color or the letter. Our little girl loves them. She now plays with them and plasters the wall surrounding the tub with them saying what letter it is as she puts them up. There are numbers in there too. Books are good as well. The simple ones that she will be able to read sooner rather than later.

Jamie - posted on 10/04/2012




I have different colored foam alphabet letters that Savvy likes to play with in the tub. When its time to get out I ask for each letter by color and letter. She loves it! And she is learning to clean also!

S. - posted on 10/02/2012




I'v covered my landing wall out side my 4 year olds bedroom with A4 sided alphabet, numbers and our family names we sing A,B,C whilst pointing at the letters and then I ask her to find each letter from everyones names, she can now read all of our names. Matching games work (like pairs with letters)

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