I've mentioned before that my oldest two sons were introduced to the alphabet and letter sounds with the help of a homemade ABC Book complete with letter-themed crafts. I began these books with each of them at different ages...when I saw that they were curious about letters and showing signs of remembering letters that I randomly pointed out to them.
Although my little Greased Lightning was not ready for "intense" alphabet instruction at the start of this school year, he was eager to have his turn at the big-kid's school table post Christmas. He desperately wanted a few school books to call his own. I knew that the ABC Book that my older boys completed would be more appropriate for when he was academically ready to learn pre-reading skills, but began brainstorming ways to tweak it for his 3-year-old self. It was then that I came across this great alphabet picture book idea. It was a gentle way to introduce the sounds without expecting mastery. Perfect!
To Make an Alphabet Picture Book
- a spiral bound notebook with blank pages (thicker "art style" pages are best)
- old magazines
- glue stick
- Label each 2-page spread of the notebook with a letter of the alphabet. (I put the capital letter on one page and the lowercase letter on the other page.)
- Each day, help your child look through an old magazine to pick out four or five pictures that catch his/her eye.
- Help him/her cut out the pictures.
- Verbally name the picture emphasizing the initial letter sound. Then tell your child what letter the picture starts with.
- Locate that letter-page in the book and encourage your child to glue the picture on the page.
I am NOT expecting my son to learn the letter shapes or sounds this way. This picture book is just a fun way to become FAMILIAR with letters and the IDEA that they are somehow related to words. As an added bonus, he has begun over-emphasizing the first letter of words throughout the day and guessing which letter each word starts with. And do you know...most of the time, his "guess" is correct!
He ABSOLUTELY LOVES his alphabet picture book and looks forward to our time together each morning.
*Be sure to join me next week when I'll be sharing a few more of our "gentle" preschool endeavors.