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Any fun ideas to teaching ABCs, sounds and how they make words without it being obvious learning? ;-)
 

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Oh my, have I got ideas for you! We're right in the middle of this for my kiddos!<br><br>
Toys: Leap Frog refrigerator letters, wooden letter puzzles etc.<br><br>
Computer sites: Pbs's Super Why, Starfall.com, Literactive.com, Game Goo (google any of these)<br><br>
Books: Dr. Seuss's A to Z, other alphabet books...I'm sure we have them but they aren't coming to me!<br><br>
Flash cards: Alphabet flash cards from Wal-Mart, made my own by drawing letters on the back of foam puzzle pieces from the Dollar Store<br><br>
Printable Worksheets: <a href="http://www.first-school.ws/preschool/printable-activities/index.htm" target="_blank">First School</a>, google others?<br><br>
Misc: We did a lot just making up our own songs and rhymes using the letters in their names and words they knew. We are always playing games with my 2-y-o pointing out letters on everything. He loves it!
 

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<span>Here are some nice <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showpost.php?p=9016778&postcount=12" target="_blank">alphabet books</a> that look lovely. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> Lillian</span>
 

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I heard about the website "reading eggs" here, and both my kids are loving it! It's online games w/ letter and phonics lessons.
 

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We love starfall.com and readings.com<br>
Also ditto the refridgerator letters, alphabet puzzles, etc.<br><br>
I also went through a time at the ages of 3-5ish with my older ones where we labeled stuff in the house. "door" "hall" "tv" "fridge" "bathroom" etc. it was fun.
 

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LeapFrog letter factory DVD if you do media/videos will teach letters and letter sounds effortlessly.
 

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Yep, that and LeapFrog Word factory. Not only did my kids both love these DVDs, but it was where they initially learned all the letter sounds.
 

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When I taught dd, I made up a song for each letter to the tune of a familiar song, like Row, Row, Row, Your Boat. DD loved it. She also loved matching the "mommy" letters to the "baby" letters. Have fun!
 

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You might find ideas you like here:<br><br><a href="http://www.welltrainedmind.com/readinggames.php" target="_blank">http://www.welltrainedmind.com/readinggames.php</a><br><br>
We did a lot of physical games: chalked letters on the pavement, "hop on the letter that starts rabbit", or one of the kids owuld run to a letter and another would say an animal, or a food, or what ever the pre-agreed category.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yep, that and LeapFrog Word factory. Not only did my kids both love these DVDs, but it was where they initially learned all the letter sounds.</div>
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My youngest ds also learned his letter sounds through those dvd's. I had even previously tried to teach him the letter sounds to no avail, but about a month later, we got the dvd's and *snap*, he knew them!<br><br>
I'll be checking this thread because I'm interested for my almost 3 y/o dd!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You might find ideas you like here:<br><br><a href="http://www.welltrainedmind.com/readinggames.php" target="_blank">http://www.welltrainedmind.com/readinggames.php</a><br><br>
We did a lot of physical games: chalked letters on the pavement, "hop on the letter that starts rabbit", or one of the kids owuld run to a letter and another would say an animal, or a food, or what ever the pre-agreed category.</div>
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Great resource!<br>
We do a lot of physical games as well - chalk is wonderful for outside time! Can also look for letters in the sky, or go on a letter/number hunt (a focused walk). A favorite game here is a version of I SPY of sorts, I guess. I say, "Find me something that starts with/rhymes with/is the color ___/is the shape ___..." Can also do two step items, such as three blue things.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You might find ideas you like here:<br><br><a href="http://www.welltrainedmind.com/readinggames.php" target="_blank">http://www.welltrainedmind.com/readinggames.php</a><br><br>
We did a lot of physical games: chalked letters on the pavement, "hop on the letter that starts rabbit", or one of the kids owuld run to a letter and another would say an animal, or a food, or what ever the pre-agreed category.</div>
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What a wonderful resource! I need to try some more physical games.
 

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Another vote for starfall.com or leapfrog.
 

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A couple of things we like:<br>
Alphabet Train puzzle (Melissa & Doug) and is about 10 feet long. First we would put it together, sing the abc song and point to each letter. As my dd progressed, she would have to search for the next letter, and instead of singing the song, I would say find the ___ and she would find it on the completed train. Or find the letter that says ___.<br><br>
But if you really need to disguise the learning we love alphabet cookie cutters. Make some playdough OR dough for any rolled cookie and find the right letters to make everyones names or basic words, etc. You can review them again when you decorate them.<br><br>
Adding a tactile element is good too, pick a letter and trace it or draw it so that the child can decorate it. DDs preschool teacher had them make a "G" out of grass, an "S" out of sand. If you didn't want the mess of sand, you could "stamp" the "S". Use a hole punch to put "holes" in the "H".<br><br>
A friend had access to carpet squares and painted one letter per square and would use them for games etc. For each letter, she painted BOTH the upper and lowercase letters on them.<br><br>
A favorite book is chicka chicka boom boom. The end pages are decorated with the alphabet and we point, sign after we read.<br><br>
I also bought (at the dollar store) an alphabet border (like what you see above the chalk board in a classroom) and I put it up child height in the playroom. They like to play school and the subtle exposure is great for reinforcment and familiarization.<br><br>
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Here are some fun ways to learn reading/writing/ and letters<br><br>
1-<a href="http://www.starfall.com" target="_blank">www.starfall.com</a>, is a great fun tool<br>
2-homemade abc memory games<br>
3-writing letters in shaving cream, making words in sand or a big bowl of uncooked rice, or the snow<br>
4- letting your kids paint letters/ words with water on dry wood<br>
5- putting very small stickers (with letters writen on them) on top of matchbox cars and make up fun little games. (can you zoom the baby f over here, I'll zoom you the mama) You can even line cars up to make words<br><br>
Oh there are so many more but I need to bathe my stinky kids!<br><br>
I'll add more later!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">:leap frog dvd's and sesame street were very effortless and fun for my kiddos
 

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Have you tried cross posting in unschooling. You might be alot of ideas there. Life is a wonderful teacher.
 

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Colored frosting in a piping bag with different tips-draw a letter<br><br>
At night lay in bed and trace a letter on their back or hand and whisper it in each others ears<br><br>
Wear a bandaid with the letter of the day (sharpie)<br><br>
Lakeshore has letter cookie cutters<br><br>
glue beans or cereal to paper in the shape of a letter<br><br>
alphabet soup<br><br>
letter beads on pipecleaner or wire
 

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Subbing for ideas. Lots of these are great. Dd3 just isn't as interested with learning letters as her sisters were (they were about 24 months, she's almost four and doesn't know them all).
 
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