Hey, girl, hey!
I have a question. If you’re a mom of tinies like me, you’ve been faced with different challenges. One of those is probably getting your toddler reading. If that sounds a bit intimidating, let me assure you that it doesn’t have to be. My oldest is now four years old, and he’s doing very well!
I’m about to share a few simple—and fun—ways to get your child engaged in learning that has worked for me. By the way, I am not a teacher by profession, nor did I go to school for that. I have a knack for learning; it’s that zeal for academic excellence that helps me win with my son as I help him.
Tip #1—ABC Fun!
Of course, learning the alphabet is the building block to word recognition and formation. We’ve taught the traditional alphabet song. Next, we discovered that along with repetition, word association with the corresponding letters is essential. He absolutely loved singing along with tunes we found on YouTube.
Tip #2—Animated Reading
I have always been an avid reader before motherhood, and when he came along, I knew what to begin with—the Holy Bible and Dr. Seuss! I couldn’t just read the words on the pages, but I also had to be animated to keep his interest. However, I will say this: now he wants me to be the main one reading his bedtime stories to him, lol.
Tip #3—Patience, Teaching, and Teaching Aids
Look, this isn’t the time for you to compete or compare with anyone else’s kids—including mine or your older ones. They will all learn at different rates and paces. Plus, you have to find your rhythm and style as you adapt to being Mrs. Mommy Teacher. Patience and grace are what you should give yourself and your toddler.
Also, please kill perfection because that’s not what your little one is looking for—he just wants to learn and believes in your ability. If you’re not confident that you can do it alone just yet, start off with ABC Mouse or Hooked on Phonics. Those programs are a godsend! I have used them both with my son; his confidence in his ability to read steadily increases. There are interactive online games the child can play to learn more. With Hooked on Phonics, there are even physical booklets and teacher aids that we’re able to use.
I hope this gives you a great start and game plan to help your child reach new heights with reading that is both engaging and exciting. If you have any tips of your own, feel free them in the comments below.
God bless you—we’re called into the Kingdom
for such a time as this.