As we get further along with our letter of the week crafts for preschoolers, I am looking for more learning activities to do with my little Matthew so I can teach him his alphabet and letter sounds.
While we have been homeschooling since May 2012, Nick and Luke learned their ABCs and letter sounds by attending Mother’s Day Out when they were four and five years old. I have to teach Matthew (who is 4) from scratch. A little scary- I have been pretty nervous about it.
Subsequently, I ran into Nick and Luke’s preschool teacher at Target, Ms. Patty, a few weeks ago. We hugged and were excited to catch up. She wanted to know how everyone is doing and how homeschooling is going. I shared with her my fear of teaching Matthew the alphabet all by myself.
She told me her secret. You make a flip book of the alphabet and every morning you go over it together. Say the letter. Say the picture. Say the sound. She said by the end of the school year all of the kids knew their letters and the sounds they make. It’s like magic.
Clearly she knows what she is talking about. She taught my boys their letter sounds three years ago.
I wanted an alphabet flip book that Matthew and I could use each day to review the letters and their sounds. I searched online for ABC flip books and the few I found were pricey.
I searched Pinterest for ideas so I could make one myself, but could not find one I really liked.
I then headed to our local teacher supply store and perused the shelves. Again, what I found was pricey and I knew there had to be a way to just make one easily.
I am going to show you how inexpensive and simple this is!
You Will Need:
- 1 set of Photo Alphabet Bulletin Board Cards
- access to a laminating machine
- 1 large book ring
- hole punch
I explained my dilemma to one of the employees at the teacher supply store. If I was going to make a flip book myself I preferred to use something larger than flashcard.
She had the perfect solution. There was a bulletin board set that we could use and laminate the cards. Each card measures 8 1/4″ x 5 7/8″. The cost for the set was $10.00.
This teacher supply store also offers laminating service on-site by the foot. It cost less than $4 to have her laminate the entire set for me.
I came home and cut out the cards leaving about a quarter inch of laminating material around each card all the way around.
I put them in order from A-Z.
I used a hole punch to punch holes in the upper left corner of each card.
Once each card had a punch in it, I fed the large book ring through the cards keeping them in order from A-Z.
Close the ring and you have a flip book!
Matthew and I sit down and go over the alphabet together.
Like Ms Patty said, the idea is to say the letter, say the picture, say the sound. We are working our way up to that. Right now Matthew says the name of the picture and then I say the letter and ask him to repeat the letter.
We will slowly add in all of the elements until he can say the letter, the picture and the sound the letter makes.
Most of the time I hold the card and he sits across from me. I flip the cards as we move through the alphabet.
Sometimes I let him sit and hold the cards and lead the way.
You’ll notice he has his dog, McCoy, right beside him.
Sometimes we do this on the couch. Sometimes we do this at the kitchen table.
The idea is to make learning fun. No pressure.
While you’re here, check out our collection of letter of the week crafts for your preschooler as you enjoy exploring the alphabet together!