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Spell “P I E M A T” (as shown above)–—As we know, spelling is a fundamental part of any child’s learning. According to research from Washington University in St. Louis, children as young as 3 already are beginning to recognize and follow important rules and patterns governing how letters in the English language fit together to make words.
This suggests that children actually start to learn about some aspects of reading and writing at a very early age.
Furthermore, “Results show that children begin to learn about the statistics of written language, for example about which letters often appear together and which letters appear together less often, before they learn how letters represent the sounds of a language,” said study co-author Rebecca Treiman, a professor of psychological and brain sciences in Arts & Sciences.
Any thoughts on this? Has your child begun mastering spelling and word recognition?
When it comes to learning with your little one, there are so many awesome ideas that often only require a little bit of your imagination and DIY skills. Personally, I find it fun when researching the many different ways that I can make learning and education fun for my little guy! For a toddler, I’m realizing that his brain is almost like a literal sponge that’s ready to soak up all new information, therefore, I find it important to find new ways to give him that new information, while keeping him engaged.
Granted, I’m aware of the many different educational systems out there such as Hooked on Phonics and other learning apps, but I really enjoy the idea of a DIY game. It’s almost like a really cool way of bonding with your little one and it teaches them the idea of being creative, which helps them with problem solving (an important milestone that they need to master as well!). Recently, I heard about a really fun spelling game from Education.com and thought that I would share it with you Mamas (and Papas!). I’m definitely going to give it a try with my little guy and see how much he masters it. It’s extremely easy and does not require much materials to get it done! Sounds like a winner to me. Haha!
Pipe Cleaners Letters Game (Overview + Instructions)
Your kindergartner may be learning phonics and starting to read his first words. Use fun and fuzzy pipe cleaners to help your child learn how to form important letters and letter combinations (Check out: https://www.education.com/games/spelling/ for MORE on this!) that make up the words that are the building blocks of phonics.
What You Need:
Pictures of letters for reference (if necessary)
What You Do:
1.Take two (or more if necessary) pipe cleaners and bend and twist them to create the lowercase letters “a” and “t”. Put them together.
2. Have your child create the letters c, b, m, and p.
3. Put the “c” your child created in front of your “at”.
4. Have your child read the word.
5. Repeat this process with the rest of the letters he created. You can repeat this activity with “ie” and have your child create words like lie, tie, die, and pie. ***Don’t forget, you can also practice with uppercase letters!***
For other fun games for Toddlers, Kindergartners, or Older children, be sure to visit Education.com for MORE awesome ideas.
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What DIY games have you tried to get your Toddler to learn?
Do you prefer DIY games or Apps?
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