I have been blogging a lot recently about things we are doing with Bruce(6), so I thought I’d better offer a quick update on what we are doing with Jenna(2) at home, to help support her learning as well. She is not quite two and a half yet, and full of energy.
Of course there are all of the traditional things to do with two year olds; play-dough, paint, crayon scribbling, dress up, pretend play, blocks, reading books, etc. We do all of things in abundance. Jenna also spends four hours a week in a play-based two year olds class at our local community college with either my husband or I present. Play-based means that there is very little direct instruction and children get to choose from a myriad of options of what to play. On Wednesdays, we do a Kindermusik ABC Music and Me class.
But what are some of the non-traditional things we are doing with Jenna at this age? What are some novel ways to support learning at home for your two year old? Jenna is definitely in that fuzzy gray area after she has learned hers letters and sounds, but before she is ready to actively start putting them together in CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words. (For my complete list of things to do to help with this transition, please see my Where to Start Page.) But at present, these are the specific things I am doing with Jenna right now:
- A daily Morning Message
- Homemade Books
- Leap Frog Word Whammer
- DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) time each day
- Guided Reading
- Read Aloud
- Letter Practice With the AAS board
- Mommy being the secretary
- Talking Words Factory
- Super Why
- Make a Word Game
- Math for Two Year Olds
All of these activities are things I did with Bruce when he was Jenna’s age, and he started sounding out CVC words by around two and a half. By three and a half, he could read through the first couple of sets of Bob Books, and he finished Bob Book set 5 by the time he was a young age five. I’m not sure if I will have similar results with Jenna because all children are different and develop at different rates. But all of the extra learning time I give her represents one-on-one time with Mommy and that certainly cannot hurt!