Teaching toddler letters?

Teaching toddler letters? Topic: Teaching with cases
June 20, 2019 / By Sandy
Question: I have a 2 1/2 year old son and I'm teaching him letters. Is it better to start with uppercase and then lowercase or should I teach him both at the same time? I just don't want him to get confused. For example, will he get confused because the letter "A" also looks like "a"? Is it too much for him to understand knowing that each letter has an uppercase and lowercase format, given his age?
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Nash Nash | 4 days ago
I don't think it matters. I worked in a preschool where teachers taught kids both letters at the same time, but they made sure to say which was lower-case and which wasn't. But for a toddler, it's probably better to do one at a time and start with capital letters.
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Nash Originally Answered: Teaching toddler letters?
I don't think it matters. I worked in a preschool where teachers taught kids both letters at the same time, but they made sure to say which was lower-case and which wasn't. But for a toddler, it's probably better to do one at a time and start with capital letters.

Kenzie Kenzie
Take some of her toys that are the colors you have started teaching her, point to one, and then ask her what color it is. When she gets the answer right clap your hands or do a little victory dance. If she misses it, tell her the correct answer then ask the question again, then clap, etc. Some parents give their kids prizes but that is not best since children this age don't completely understand prizes. Learning at this age should be about fun and games, not prizes 'cause then the child feels frustrated when they get something wrong and don't get anything 'cause they don't fully comprehend what happened. But,they are content with clapping, etc. Children love to do this and these things to them are more of a way to celebrate, not reward. It is easy to please children this age. You can also take some of her toys that are the same color but don't look anything alike, such as a car and a block, line up the blocks and then give her the cars and have her put the correct colored car next to the block that matches. She is too young for letters. Most children don't start learning ttheirletters until they are four years old or so because it is at this age that they start to understand that they sounds they make have symbols. But this is too complex for a 16 month old. However, you can teacher her numbers. Take some of her toys that are the same, such as blocks, cups, etc. and count them out one at a time until you get to ten. As you count them out, have her reapeat the numbers after you. Work with her on this and then after a few weeks you can put two things in front of her, say "There are two blocks," then ask her how many blocks there are. She may not understand the concept of how many at first but she will get there. Just keep working with her. Once again, when she gets the answer right, clap, dance, high five, etc. Children will also come up with their own games at this age. I can't really give any examples of this except that she will just come up with something and you will know when it happens. Also, children love to play the same things over and over again so even if you are bored stiff with the game she will not be. You can keep it interesting by showing her a stuffed animal and saying "This is a horse. It is brown." This way she will also learn her animals if she hasn't already. As she gets older you can say more complex things like "This is a Zebra. It is black and white" and then point to which color is which. But for now stick to solid colored things. She might even recognize different colors in things herself. Anyhow, hope this helps somewhat ;)
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Hoshea Hoshea
I have the children "build" letters with sticks and curves. This year I started with uppercase letters because they process them better for "building". At 2.5, they really are not ready to write them yet. However, I do introduce the lower case letters along with it. We just don't build or trace them. I suggest you check out the Handwriting Without Tears technique order. They start with the easiest lines first. F E D P B R etc A is actually one of the most difficult for the children to build/write. Also, remember to "review" with them the ones you've already done or else they will forget them. And include the letters in their name whenever possible because they are the most meaningful. :-)
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Emery Emery
He is young so be warned that he may not be that interested or even began to get it. At his age there is really no need to learn letters. He will not be any "smarter" later in life if you do. I have found better result waiting until the child is 4 or at least close to it.If you do start with lower case. Lower case letters are the ones scene the most. Think about it, when you look at a book how many upper cases do you see compared to lower cases?
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Cliff Cliff
In most preschools they start with uppercase letters only. The lower case are introduced at kindergarten level. You could get flashcards that have both on one and introduce Big A and little a, or Daddy A and baby a, but don't push it. At his age songs and lively books and pictures and love and attention from you are enough. You don't want him to dislike learning.
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Cliff Originally Answered: What is it like teaching 1st or 2nd grade?
I have taught 1st grade for 14 years. It has its rewards--like watching them learn how to read and write on their own and knowing that you have helped them learn to be expressive in their own right. They are funny, they still love their teacher, they can make you laugh. On the other hand, they can drive you crazy with tattling, whining and yes, some of them have temper tantrums on a daily basis. Curriculum wise--not much difficulty in correcting papers, but if you do a lot of worksheets, they can pile up quickly. The issue in 1st grade is prep time to set up lessons since 1st graders need a lot of hands on actvities and direct instruction. You spend a lot of them preparing in that way. Plus, you will have to differentiate a lot because at this level they don't all progress at the same pace. This past year I had children whose abilities ranged between Pre-K to 3rd grade. You have to challenge them all, so it can be tricky.

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