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Playing and Learning My ABCs
Hands-On Weekly Lessons for Toddlers and Preschoolers from A to Z
This class is intended to help introduce your youngest learner to the world around them while having fun learning their ABCs.
The class is 26 weeks long—one week for each letter of the alphabet. I’ve intentionally made it to accommodate both toddlers and preschoolers for two reasons. First, as homeschoolers, we don’t always have the time to teach each child independently. Having more cooperative classes allows siblings to benefit from learning together. Secondly, each child develops at his or her own pace. Although it is tempting to compare, please realize that each child learns at his or her own pace. Some children do 50-piece puzzles at age 3 but can’t put together a sentence. It usually works itself out.
Each week is carefully laid out for you to minimize the amount of time you’ll need to prepare—we all know homeschooling moms are BUSY! You can expect the class to take 30-60 minutes. I believe that play is crucial for young children to learn as they explore the world around them. These weekly lessons will be a springboard for your child’s imagination. For those who want to integrate additional worksheets, I have included links when available.
The weekly lessons include:
I have suggested five different books for each week. Presenting materials in a variety of formats is important for developing a good understanding, appreciation, and rich vocabulary. I highly suggest reading each book several times over the course of the week—this is important for pre-readers. You can choose to add a new book each day or just read them all at various times over the course of the week.
There is a weekly craft based on the theme. Crafts are not only fun, they’re important for toddlers and preschoolers to strengthen their fine motor skills (necessary for writing).
I have included an activity to allow these energetic learners to interact with the material. You will find lots of sensory exploration ideas as this stimulates different areas of their brain.
Math & Science
I have tried to integrate early math and science skills throughout. Even at this early age, children can begin to grasp measurement and the scientific method. In your everyday interaction with your children, try to count objects, use terms like “greater than” or “fewer,” allow them to help you measure as you cook, ask them to make a hypothesis of what will happen if they try something, and so on. Children are naturally curious and eager learners!
Children are introduced to each letter of the alphabet. I suggest doing extra practice with preschoolers such as Uppercase Alphabet Color & Trace Sheets or Preschool Packs. Have them write their names on everything they do to practice their names, or if you need to write it for the toddlers, it helps them begin to realize that this is their name. Point out letters when you are out and about and go on letter hunts, but most of all read at least 5 books a day. Providing a language-rich environment is the key to their language, writing, and reading development.
As I mentioned earlier, I believe children need lots of opportunities to play. By introducing new topics or ways of playing, you can encourage their minds to grow and think critically. Make sure in this time you have set aside to be with your toddler or preschooler that you are playing, too! I know many kids play well independently, and that’s important. But make sure you are enjoying the privilege you have of playing with your child during this fleeting moment in time.
I know not all activities are good fits for every family. Your child is unique—that’s a good thing! These additional activities give you some choices or ways to expand your week if time allows.
Lesson 1: A is for Airplane
Lesson 2: B is for Butterfly
Lesson 3: C is for Car
Lesson 4: D is for Dinosaur
Lesson 5: E is for Elephant
Lesson 6: F is for Farms
Lesson 7: G is for Giraffe
Lesson 8: H is for House
Lesson 9: I is for Inventions
Lesson 10: J is for Jelly Beans
Lesson 11: K is for Kitchen
Lesson 12: L is for Library
Lesson 13: M is for Music
Lesson 14: N is for Nursery Rhymes
Lesson 15: O is for Octopus
Lesson 16: P is for Pirate
Lesson 17: Q is for Quilt
Lesson 18: R is for Restaurant
Lesson 19: S is for Snow
Lesson 20: T is for Train
Lesson 21: U is for Umbrella
Lesson 22: V is for Vase
Lesson 23: W is for Western
Lesson 24: X is for Xylophone
Lesson 25: Y is for Yarn
Lesson 26: Z is for Zoo
Beth Gorden is married to her best friend and has three children (ages 2, 5, and 8). Although she never planned to homeschool, now that her family has experienced the joy of homeschooling, Beth says she wouldn’t have it any other way. Beth is passionate about making learning fun and is always dreaming up new ways to creatively engage her early learners.
Beth has a B.A. in Psychology and Bible from Northwestern College. She has written Christmas Crafts for Kids and has created a variety of educational resources including: Reading the Easy Way: Preschool, Reading the Easy Way: Kindergarten, and Reading the Easy Way: 1st Grade to help kids master key sight words in a fun, hands-on way.
You can find Beth at 123 Homeschool 4 Me, where she writes about her family’s homeschool journey, kids’ crafts and activities, recipes, more than 150 free educational printables, and more to encourage and equip preschool and homeschool families.