We all want our kids to learn and be the best they can be. I tired a few different techniques to help my son learn letters, but I found my four-year old got frustrated very easily. At first I started out with writing letters. I wanted him to be able to write his name then we would move on to other letters. This route failed miserably and ended in my son throwing a tantrum. I remained calm, but was secretly just as frustrated.
After a while of having him trace the first letter of his name with no luck, I felt defeated. I turned to our Mommy Convos Facebook group (join here if you haven’t already!). In this group, I asked how they taught the ABC’s to their kiddos and I got a lot of great replies. I tried out quite a few of the options, but there were two that REALLY worked.
1. Letter Factory
One of our Mommy Convos writers suggested the movie “Letter Factory.” There was another mom who backed her up her suggestion. We have a mini van with a DVD player in it so I thought I’d give it a try and have the kids watch it every time we drove somewhere. I was AMAZED at how fast my five year old learned her letters and sounds! I posted on Facebook on February 20th and in less than a month, both kids now know their letter and sounds. My four year old some times gets confused by the sound and the actual letter like he will say: “is that an “ah”” instead of A. I highly recommend this DVD as it is short, entertaining and very effective.
2. Our Letter Wall
The second method that helped a lot is our Letter Wall. Some moms suggested hanging letters and sight words around the house. I ordered these flashcards from Amazon and stuck them to the wall in my kid’s bedroom. They were so excited and everyday since I hung them up, they have wanted to play “school”. I love how the flashcard set includes big letters, small letters and pictures of things that start with each letter. I also believe seeing the flashcards in their room is helpful. They see the flashcards everyday and it promotes learning and repetition.
I also ordered a second set of the letters linked above to laminate and use as actual flash cards. I’m hoping to take them on our road trip in a few weeks and to leave them in the diaper bag for doctor waiting rooms and restaurant waits. I just need to get around to actually laminating and hole punching them (#momlife).
Hopefully these two tips can help you on your learning journey with your kid(s). I am so grateful for other moms and their willingness to help. I am glad that I am able to do the same. This mom thing can be hard and most of the time we have no idea what we are doing. Thankfully there are others who have gone before us, who are going through it with us, and that will come after us. You’ve got this mama!
What are the best ways you have taught your kids letters and letter sounds?