Thursday, August 16, 2012

Mommy and Me ABCs - Sneak Peak

I am so excited to share what I have been working on all summer that I decided to give you a sneak peak! We are finally going to get to the alphabet! I delayed because I have been teaching Xander to read using whole word approaches and did not want to confuse him by throwing letter names in. That left me with lots of time to think about how I wanted to present them. Mommy & Me ABCs is where I ended up.  

Now I know there are tons of great alphabet resources online so I could have just used some of those, but none of them was quite what I wanted.  I am a huge control freak particular, so making my own seemed like the way to go.  Since the vast majority of text is lower case, I really wanted to make sure that was a big part of the focus, which is how I came up with "Mommy and Me."  I will be working on "Mommy" letters and "baby" letters.  It seems like so many toys, books, and educational materials focus on the capital letters, which are really the exception to the rule when kids are reading.  I also really wanted real images rather than cartoons.  Xander is still pretty young and cartoons are kind of an abstract concept.  Photographs are just a better way to convey accurate information.  Also, because I plan on spending two weeks per letter, I wanted a large variety of activities.  I also included activities of varying degrees of difficulty.  We will be using these materials for over a year, and didn't want him to get too bored.  Having a wide variety of activities will hopefully also allow my blog followers to find something that works for their toddler.

Here are some of the pages that will be featured!  (Most letters have about 20 pages, but some have fewer, depending on the images I could find).  I purchased the images so that I can share them with you as we complete each letter.


Letter Matching

Number Cards (0-10)

Photo Puzzles (2 and 3 part)
Dough Stamping
Color and Shape Habitat Game


  1. I'm so excited for your Mommy and Me ABC posts! My daughter is 18 months and I'm planning to start teaching her her ABC's after labor day when "school" starts. This will help so much with that. I appreciate that you are not using cartoons! Thank you for all that you do. I enjoy your blog.

  2. I love your idea! I cannot wait until I get to this point with my son.


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