We’re thrilled to share another Rockstar Sunday guest post with you–this time from a multi-talented blogger, Viviana.
Viviana is a mom of two and the creator of Totschooling, a blog filled with cool printables and tons of early education ideas. I’m thrilled she’s sharing this post with u s.
- Teach Letter Sounds Using 26 Kid-Centered Photos, by Viviana
Hi! I’m Viviana, a mom to two little girls – a toddler and a preschooler. We do a lot of early learning activities that I share on my blog Totschooling, and I am so happy to be here to share this super fun activity that has been a big hit with my daughters!
Kids love to look at photographs, especially photos of themselves. There is something so fascinating about seeing their image transferred onto a piece of paper.
I find that my 3 year old daughter not only loves to look at photos but she also enjoys posing for them, making silly faces and seeing how the pictures turn out. This creates a double opportunity for learning – the act of taking the photos and then later analyzing them.
Since we’ve started working on letter recognition and letter sounds, I thought it would be fun to use photographs as a way to practice these concepts. Here is how we did it:
Each time we learned a new letter, I asked my daughter to find things around the house that start with that letter sound. For example, for the letter B we found a baby doll, a blue ball, a book and a banana.
I taped a piece of paper to the wall with that letter, and helped her pose for the picture.
For some of the letters we couldn’t find objects around the house, so we improvised. We used action words instead. For Y she yawned, for J she jumped, and for Q she made a quiet “ssshhh” sound.
She had a blast posing for these pictures and didn’t even notice she was learning!
Here are some ideas for the less common letters:
J – jump, jacket
Q – quiet, queen
U – umbrella, under
V – vitamins, violin
X – x-ray, xylophone
Y – yellow, yawn, yo-yo
Z – zipper, zebra
After you have all this fun taking photos for every letter of the alphabet, what do you do with the pictures?
The possibilities are endless! First, print out the photos, either at home or at your local print shop – 4×6 is a great size for these activities.
I printed them myself, 4 per page, then laminated and cut them out.
1. Create a photo ABC book – You can do this simply by hole punching the photos and then using a ring or a piece of yarn to thread them together. Or, you can purchase a photo album and insert all the pictures into the sleeves. This book is great to look at casually or to play a “look & find” game where you ask your child to find all the things that start with each letter sound.
2. Alphabet Wall Chart – Create a unique and custom wall chart that everyone will love to look at again and again.
3. Match the Letters Game – Lay out a few letters, either from a moveable alphabet or write the letters on pieces of paper, and ask your child to find the photos that go with each letter.
4. Match the Objects Game – Lay out a few objects and ask your child to find the photos that go
with each object. These objects can be ones that were used in the photos or different ones.
5. Memory Game – You would need two copies of each photograph. Place them face down and play a classic memory game.
6. Bingo Game – Put together 9 or 16 of the photos to create the bingo mat. Then, call out letters while your child puts tokens on the correct photos.
7. Story Time – Come up with a story about what is happening in each photograph. This is great for language development, imagination and can help your child to remember the letters.
You can also try this activity with many different concepts, such as learning colors, numbers, emotions, or just about anything else that can be learned visually.
I hope this inspires you to create your own playful learning experience with photographs and have as much fun as we did!
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, Viviana, for sharing these ideas! I know many readers will be inspired to do the same!
Viviana is a blogging mom to a toddler and a preschooler, sharing ideas and resources for early learning. She specializes in educational printable activities, which you can find on her blog Totschooling. You can also follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google+.
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This post is part of our new Rockstar Sunday posts. Each week, I will highlight one ‘rockstar’ in the parenting and education field. These posts? Seriously awesome.
The response to our Rockstar Sunday feature has been overwhelming. I am in awe of the ideas, submissions, and shares!
Having been in the blogging space for 5+ years, we know for sure that our readers are always up for fresh and fun ideas on literacy, math, technology, parenting, and learning in the every day. They love crafts, hands-on teaching ideas, printables, cooking with kids, and anything that makes their job as parents easier, better, and more fun.
You don’t have to have a blog of your own–just cool ideas to share! We look forward to hearing from you!
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- how to keep your kids hydrated
- 10 ways to create a literacy rich environment
- help your kids love science
- gallon ziploc bag activities
- getting kids to love reading with lit club
- fractions with FOOD!
- sweet, sparkly flower craft
- toddler shapes