“Let’s do SCHOOL TIME!”
That’s a common request from my 2 1/2-year-old daughter these days.
And you should see her say it: Her whole face lights up and she squeezes her fists in excitement. She jumps up and down and runs into my office as soon as I give her the green light.
She loves everything related to learning: the flash cards, the DVDs, the songs, the books, the scissors and crayons and glue, the prospect of discovering something new.
At present, her current list of skills includes:
- recognizing all of the letters A to Z, uppercase
- recognizing almost all of the letters a to z, lowercase (those b’s, d’s, p’s, and q’s are confusing…they all look alike!)
- counting from 1-10
- singing the Alphabet song…with a few omissions
- recognizing colors: blue, green, red, black, purple, pink, white, orange, yellow, grey
- recognizing shapes: circle, square, oval, triangle, heart, star
- “reading” a few words (from memory or due to obvious picture associations) and using her finger to “trace” the words from left to write
In hopes of helping her get to the “next level,” we’re now using the Learn to Read program from Hooked on Phonics and I’m happy to share my thoughts about it with you:
Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Program, PreK Edition, Deluxe (on sale now for $54.95)
This kit is specifically designed to help 3 and 4 year olds master letter names, letter sounds, and phonetic awareness.
The kit includes:
- 2 CD-ROMs
- 3 storybooks
- 3 workbooks with lessons and activities
- a My Hooked on Phonics dictionary
- 2 sets of letter cards
- 140 picture cards
- 1 set of letter floor cards
- 3 progress posters with stickers
- parent’s guide
Our favorite thing to use are the letter floor cards, an oversized set of alphabet cards with the uppercase letters on one side and the lowercase letters on the other. They’re fantastic for a million purposes.
We also enjoy reading the books and using all of the flash cards…and, of course, what 2-year-old can resist stickers?
We haven’t yet tried the CD-ROMs, in part because I’m not sure how I feel about my 2-year-old using my laptop.
My recommendations for the next edition of Learn to Read PreK?
- Include more hand-outs, worksheets, and/or coloring pages for the child to complete.
- Include a packet/booklet for the parent that lists possible corresponding activities to help children learn letters in fun ways (for example, there could be a recipe for Alphabet soup or directions for how to make an “O”-shaped pinata…).
Overall, the Learn to Read Program by Hooked on Phonics is a fun resource for parents. At 2, my daughter is still a little “young” for some of the activities, but she enjoys it nevertheless.
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*UPDATE* The winner is #14 Jenny N. Congratulations!