When my kids were little, I had absolutely no idea how to teach them how to read. I looked at a lot of books, but nothing seemed right for us. Eventually, Alphie the Alphabet Caterpillar was “hatched” and I used it to teach all three kids to read. Use this fun activity to teach the alphabet to your preschooler. It’s a fun and easy way to learn letter recognition and beginning phonetics.
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Teach the Alphabet
Alphie is a super simple and fun way to teach the alphabet to your preschooler. I’ve included complete instructions as part of the PDF, but, here’s the 30 second explanation.
Alphie’s body is made of individual circles, and each circle has an upper and lower case letter printed on it. Each day, you attach one circle to the caterpillar’s body and help your preschooler identify that day’s letter. Spend the rest of the day learning that letter. You can do everything from writing the letter, tracing it in something tactile like rice, forming it out of Play-doh, finding magnetic letters, or anything else that you can think. By the end of the day, your preschooler should be able to identify the letter.
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Once your preschooler knows the alphabet and the sounds each letter makes, they can begin to read. Bob Books are an excellent place to start.
We also used Nora Gaydos & BB Sams’ Now I’m Reading! books. Each set has ten mini books, that are about 8-10 pages long. Nice and short – perfect for little people’s attention spans. These books offer the typical beginning reading sentences: “A cat. A fat cat. A fat cat ran fast.” But, they have a lovely, quirky sense of humor, that both you and your children will enjoy. Ever seen a pig in a wig? Or, a hot yak? Didn’t think so.
Level 1 has four books: Animal Antics, Playful Pals, Clever Critters and Big Fun. Level 2 has three books: Snack Attack, Rhyme Time and Amazing Animals. Bonus points: the books are available on the Kindle, so you don’t have to worry about losing one of the books, or a toddler destroying the whole set. Sweet!
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