What I am going to tell you to do in this week’s post, you will probably think I have completely lost my mind. What can I say? It’s the elementary teacher background in me.
Are you ready?
Here it is.
Label your house.
Not your actual house, but items in your house. When you walk into my kitchen, for example, here is what you’ll see:
There’s more, but you get the idea. Once your child shows interest in what words look like & how things are spelled, they are ready for this.
When Sweetie Pie was about 3, he started being really interested in how words looked. He wanted us to write names on his doodle pro. Then we had sheets of paper with every. single. Thomas. train. friends’ name on it. And believe me, he knows them ALL. We’ve now moved on to him wanting me to type out names—especially when I’m tweeting. So, if you notice weird tweets from me containing random names, you know what is happening at my house.
The labels are just another way to show your child that every word they hear can be written. It serves as another way to immerse them in words.
So, go. Make labels with your child & put them up all over your house. You’ll love the response you get from people when they come over.