Monday, October 15, 2012
Making Letter Learning Fun
Today I’m taking a break from talking about baby sign language to provide a simple tip to support the earliest steps in learning to read. Here’s a fun, creative way to help your child begin to recognize the various curves and contours that distinguish the letters of the alphabet from one another. (By the way, this idea comes from my book, with Dr. Susan Goodwyn, called Baby Minds
Simply start with an uppercase letter. Draw the letter, for example, an A, on a piece of paper, and say something like the following: “Here’s an A. What do you think we could make out of an A?” Be creative and transform the letter into a silly picture—perhaps of a clown as in the drawing included here. Draw it again and transform it into stick-figure person or house. Ask your child for other suggestions.
Begin with about three letters, and play the game for a couple of weeks with only these letters. You can compose many different drawings with each individual letter. Then begin to add a new letter to the familiar set. This is a great game to play while waiting in a restaurant for your food to be served because there will always be lots of napkins or place mats at your disposal.
Happy Signing (and don’t forget to visit us on Facebook)!
Linda Acredolo, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, UC Davis
Co-Founder, The Baby Signs® Program