I've been building skill levels with an 22 mo old and she shows eagerness and interest to recognize and write her letters.
My teaching style is to wait for worksheets and specific letter tracing, writing, until 3 yo. However, this is the 2nd pair of siblings, and I believe as a result of seeing their older sibling write- the younger sibling is driven to learn this skill.
We started with letter recognition activities, and this activity helped her master the skill of recognizing A, the first letter in her name.
We will continue the next step to “find her name”. In addition to this , I have started her practicing line drawing, and Letter A tracing. Another indicator that she is ready for Letter A tracing, is: 1) she holds a pencil correctly 2) she has good hand strength 3) she can open and close small containers easily.
So this week I am introducing her to tracing circles. She is not interested in manipulating objects at this point, she's not interested as interested in crafts as she is scribbling, scribbling, scribbling. I need to lead her down the road to write her letters before she learns the wrong way.
At the end of this post is a direct download for instructions for teaching the alphabet as outlined in this post.
**Note: If you or children don't want to paint rocks, just write on the rocks with sharpie markers.
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