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Do a Dot Marker activities: How to teach a toddler the alphabet.

How to teach toddlers the alphabet.

I bought these dot markers off Amazon after I saw my 30 month old son come home from his 6 week preschool class with some dot art. It looked like so much fun and I missed enrollment for the next 6 week session of preschool so I decided that we should probably be doing some preschool activities of our own.


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I decided to setup some pretty strict rules with these because I didn't want to be cleaning up dot markers off everything and the other markers we had got dried up because he wasn't putting the caps on consistently. This wasn't an issue when mommy was watching him, but sometimes daddy isn't as careful. 

Rules
  1. The dot markers are kept on a high shelf and only mommy gets them down.
  2. You can only have one marker at a time. You put one back and get a new one.
  3. Mommy holds onto the box of dot markers until you'd like to pick a new one.
  4. You get to say what color marker you want when you need a new one. 
  5. We put the caps back on our markers.
  6. We are gentle with our markers. 
It seems silly and he's only 30 months old, but doing this has helped him tremendously and they're in really good condition still after a month or so.  He tends to be really rough with things so we've got to give a lot of reminders to be gentle and guide his hand to show him, otherwise he might bang the marker against the desk repeatedly and hard. This is a huge task to do with him, but the consistency has been good for him to learn. 

You can tell that he's getting more accurate as we progress...

I've been using these markers with special alphabet sheets that I found on Confessions of a Homeschooler. She also has some other sheets as well if you check out her blog which I LOVE. 

Activity

When we do the dot markers, we talk about what letter it is and I have G say the letter, as well as the sound it makes. We repeat that as we're using the markers and I might mention words that start with that letter. After we're done drawing and he's bored of that, I turn on ABCMouse for him and play the song for that letter and I might pull up an activity about that letter (ie. a paint activity for a word that starts with that letter). This gives some structure to the activity, without expecting him to sit at the activity for too long.

So like this, "Godric, do you know what letter this is?" (wait, see if he's got an answer) "Yes it's the letter A!" (he only occasionally gets it right which is normal at this age from what I understand). "A says ahhhhhh, can you say ahhhhh" "Ahhhh..." "Do you know what starts with the letter A? APPLE!" "Apple!" And so on. 

It's very cool and he really seems to enjoy himself. I think he does well with structured activities. The morning is the best time for us to complete activities like this because that's when he's most receptive, and his brain is most awake. Sometimes I'll try it right after a good nap too.

If you don't want to print your own, I found these books on Amazon that are reasonable:
 

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