Learning their letters

Last summer we bought the boys one of those kids’ laptops at a consignment store as a special toy for our long drive to Colorado. They played with it off and on after that and then a couple months ago they really started playing with it and not just pushing buttons.

The laptop teaches letters and phonics, I never really thought much about it. Until we were at a neighbor’s house and Noah was playing with their magnetic alphabet and started telling her the letters.

Yes they learned their letters from an electronic toy! I was going to start working with them closer to three, but I guess they are ready now. They love to point out letters everywhere we go, even while driving they read the building signs.

They have a favorite letter and it is W! When Ez first started saying it, it sounded more like “double U.” For a few letters they say the object associated with the letter instead of the actual letter. S is “sunshine.” H is “hippo.” J is “airplane,” it is a jet on the laptop, but they know all flying objects as airplane. Ezra’s ‘k’ is “cake,” it took me a while to figure this one out since “kiss” is the word association on the laptop. The laptop says “k” and then does the “k” sound immediately after and it sounds just like cake.

They don’t know all the letters yet, it is quite obvious they had some favorite object associations in on the laptop.

One Reply to “Learning their letters”

  1. Awesome! Way to go boys! Mari learned her letters from LeapFrog’s DVD Letter Factory….within about 2 viewings, she knew all her letter sounds. She too could recognize the phonics of some before the actual visual letter. Her favorite was X but W was also an early favorite. If you’re looking for some short DVDs for some downtime, the Leapfrog ones are great….Mari will ask for them over some of her favorite shows. We’ve moved on to Word Factory (combining letters to make words) and also Word Caper (doing complex sounds/blends)….I have no problem with learning things from electronic since they have such creative ways of doing it.

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