How to Use This Course
Each week you can spend time helping your toddlers and preschoolers learn their alphabet while having fun. The weekly lessons from Beth Gorden include books to read which will help your students increase their understanding and vocabulary. There is a weekly craft; activities which touch on language arts, math, science, and more; and additional activities, so you can find something to fit everyone’s interests.
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 five 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.
Each lesson explores one letter of the alphabet with reading recommendations, crafts, math, activities, and more.
- 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