I have mentioned this before, but I kind of kicked myself when I learned I should teach lowercase letters to my toddler. Just one of my many mistakes.
I got a little crafty, and I made a felt letter matching game. It is pretty crafty relative to my typical craftiness. I may have tried to compensate a little for my previously mentioned mistake.
I have some of my letter felt boards for sale at my ebay store. Here is a link-. https://www.ebay.com/itm/254161733547
We call it the letter game where we match the “baby” letters to their “mommy” letters. I have that video of us playing that game down below.
Other ways we are working on letters
We are of course reading a lot. I can still remember going to our first story time at our public library. Abe was about 1.5 years old, and he was running around everywhere. It was really tiring for a mom and a lot of fun for him. Luckily, our librarian and the other parents there smiled kindly on us and my struggle.
These days, he LOVES sitting down to read. While we read, I have him find all of the s’s on the page. We are sounding out words together. He is not quite there yet, but we celebrate when we figure out a word together.
We also are working a lot with writing his name. He has a lot of fun TRYING to spell things. I just always take the time to make sure we play writing when he wants. We make lots of words and then show Dad when he gets home.
Keep the pressure down
I will be honest and say he showed frustration with this game. We are taking a break from it right now. Sometimes he shows frustration, and he just wants to read the book. That’s what I do then. I learned when potty training, kids do things when they are ready. Trying to push things on the little ones tends to cause push back and a not so great learning experience.
I have since added cards which can be stuck into the pockets of the letters. They provide a clue, and I hope a visual for helping Abe learn the phonics of the letters. For example, the “Ii” pocket has an igloo on it. So, I hope he sees I or i, and he can visualize the igloo and know the sound. I think I am going to also put two hint cards in the letters with two sounds.