The teacher in me can’t wait to start homeschooling our little boy. I’m looking forward to the science experiments that we’ll get to do, the math games we’ll get to play, and the good books we’ll get to read. So I can’t quite resist finding little ways to incorporate learning activities into Andrew’s day, even if he is only eight months old. It’s not hard to do. In fact, you probably do most of these already! Here are a few of our favorite activities that encourage Baby Literacy!
- Sing the ABC song!
I love singing the ABC’s with Andrew. We clap our hands and pat our knees and do funny things with our hands in time with the song. Andrew loves it! There is also another great version if you are a Christian –
A B C D E F G
Jesus Died for You and Me.
H I J K L M N
Jesus Died for Sinful Men, Amen!
O P Q R S T U
I Believe God’s Word is True.
U V W
God Has Promised You
X Y Z
A Home Eternally!
- Repeat their sounds back.
Andrew has learned the “m” and “b” sounds in the last few weeks, and I’ve been having a blast encouraging him to practice his sounds. I try to come up with as many words that start with m and b as I can, like mama, milk, monkey, baby, bottle, and bumblebee. He gets a kick out of hearing me make his sounds. We work on others too – especially “d.” We can’t wait for him to say “dada!”
- Play with alphabet blocks.
We got Andrew a set of Alphabet blocks for Christmas. Andrew and I put them in alphabetical order, find the letters for his name, and practice making letter sounds. The blocks are also great for making towers for him to knock down! In fact, most of the time we play with these blocks is not spend “academically” per se. Even as we make towers, Andrew is being exposed to the letters and getting used to seeing them everywhere. The time for him to know which letter is which will come soon enough. 🙂
- Have magnetic letters on the refrigerator.
We don’t have these yet, but they are on my list of things to get as soon as Andrew gets past the stage of putting everything into his mouth. It’s just another great way for kids to interact with the letters of the alphabet!
- Have board books around.
I try to put a few board books on the floor when I get toys out for Andrew to play with. I want him to grow up surrounded by opportunities to read. Of course he can’t read them yet, but he’ll pick them up and try to open the pages. He knows that’s what they’re supposed to do!
- Read books to them!
This one is my all-time favorite. Andrew likes to cuddle for a while before naptime, so we’ve made a little tradition of it. He’ll let me know when he’s tired, and I’ll grab his blanket and a couple of books from the shelf to read to him. Not only does it teach Andrew to like reading, it also gives Mommy some good cuddle time and calms him down so he falls asleep faster. That’s a triple bonus in my book! 🙂
What are your favorite ways to encourage literacy at this age? I would love to hear about them!