Every now and then, we are asked if we teach letters. This is a great question! Yes, we do!
It may begin with some sensory play as the children investigate the different substances in the table. Around 2 or 3 years old, children can distinguish between numbers, scribbles, and letters!
And, they will take pride in identifying their very favorite letter: the first one in their name!
We begin with that one because it is usually the first one that children learn. So, we practice identifying it and writing it! It’s a great place to start!
And we continue to talk about letters as we read about them through books rich in text and illustrations. We manipulate letters as we play.
And we play games that include letters… fun!
Letters are all around us and we learn in the most meaningful of ways: through sensory experiences, books, art, games, and play! When learning is fun, it is that much more effective!
Building a strong foundation is most important in building future readers! And, literacy is so much more than learning letters! More importantly, it’s important to know that letters make sounds and those combine to make words and words make stories and on and on!