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« on: February 06, 2008 06:58:36 AM »

On Monday, my son and I made a "learning corner" in the little space outside his bedroom. My idea for this spot is that we will sit here for a little time every day, and learn about a letter of the alphabet. I want to spend one or two weeks on each letter. I want this to be a fun time for my son, and I don't want him to feel like his is being pressured to learn. My goal is to just get him familiar with each letter, what each letter looks like, the sounds each letter makes, etc. He can already say his "ABCs", so when I told him we were making an ABC wall, he got REALLY excited and sang his ABCs all day long!

To make the area, I used post-it art paper from a local office supply store (the white background). To that I added construction-themed border, and construction cutouts. At three years old, my son LOVES anything to do with building, and he thought the decorations were the coolest.

There is a little spot on the wall that highlights the letter we are currently learning.

I also added a pocket to hold some of the worksheets we will be using. You can see the "A" worksheet in the pocket. Today, I will let him color this sheet, and post it up on the wall when he is finished.

I think that some days we will sit in the corner, look through his favorite books and see if we can pick out the letter we are currently learning about. We will also go through old magazines and pull out pictures of items that start with the letter we are learning, and talk about the sound it makes.

My son likes me to take pictures for him. So, this wall is also going to be a place where he can hang some of his favorite pictures. He has already added three pictures from a trip to a farm we took yesterday. When I mentioned his pig picture was upside down, he informed me that it was exactly like he wanted it!

He is SO excited about this right now. I hope that excitement lasts, and this doesn't become something that is not fun. If it does, I think it will be time to take a break from it and focus on other things. I think that he often feels that my daughter is getting most of the attention around here; hopefully, this will be a way for some special mommy and son time every day!


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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2008 07:05:18 AM »

I love this idea, now I can't wait to make one for my son when we move.

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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2008 07:59:21 AM »

what a great idea!  Shocked

« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2008 08:08:49 AM »

That is a fabulous idea!  Good job.  My daughter would love something like that.
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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2008 08:32:17 AM »

Brilliant idea, im sure your son will learn loads from it. And even if the fun aspect fades after a while there is loads of scope to re-theme to whatever he is crazy for at that moment and hopefully it will pull him back in.

Enjoy it!

« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2008 10:15:55 AM »

I love it! When my boys were little,I used to cut a letter out of cardtock weight paper, and then we would go through old magazines and pick the things that start with that letter, then we cut them out and glue them to the letter, and hang it on the wall. I think I should do this for my current preschoolers!! Smiley Thanks for the inspiration!

« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2008 01:28:10 PM »

What a fantastic idea!

« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2008 03:08:36 PM »

This is a great Idea! I am a teacher and I often see children going into kindergarten not having any clue of the letters in the alphabit, so starting them early will give them a head start for school.

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« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2008 08:02:31 PM »

what a great mom....my little boy turned 27 last month!
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2008 10:00:14 PM »

A very, very good idea!!! 

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