Cate (isn't it always about Cate) seemingly woke up one day before her 2nd birthday knowing most preschool skills, letters, numbers, colors, shapes. So I didn't have the opportunity to actually teach the alphabet or any other early learning skills.
Si turned 2 earlier this month. Some people will disagree heartily but I am not fond of the baby stage. I remember around the time when Cate turned two that I really fell in love with parenting. And now I find even Si easier to parent. There is something about language, learning and reading aloud that I enjoy. Here is a photo of Si eating his birthday cake. He had a fever of 104 only hours before but he was feeling better and loved his cake.
Much to my surprise Si loves to be read to. My theory is if you deny children television, computer games, toys that make noise (all annoying things in my opinion) then being read to is a wonderful source of comfort and entertainment even for the most active of little boys. He also seems to recognize a couple of letters. He particularly likes for us to say O H and he says I O. (We graduated from OSU). The letters in Ohio were some of the first I realized that Cate knew because of an old Ohio State sweatshirt that I wore around the house.
I've been thinking about how I can support Si's early learning in an objective measurable way. I've decided to simply introduce a letter of the alphabet each week. Nothing complicated. I imagine we will could go through the alphabet twice in the next year. This morning I collected what we would need to have the most gentle introduction to the letter A. He was very pleased to help purchase his very own letter bag. I think I will try and post a photo each week just so I can remember the contents. I would love suggestions as we go along. Aa was a little less difficult than I thought it would be.
Si loves a new book we received from the grandparents called Aaaarrgghh! Spider! I especially like that the big A and little a are in the title. Also, quite by serendipity Cate and I were reminiscing about how much we had loved Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes and then that very afternoon I found a copy at the Goodwill. I adore the illustrations by Maurice Pledger in Bobby Bear's ABC. I've been able to collect all four of the books in this simple concept series (2 from the Goodwill and 2 from paperbackswap.com) Goodness, one of them is worth a lot. Bobby Bear's ABC includes some delightful illustrations of common and not so common living creatures. The first line reads...
Can you think of a living creature for every letter of the alphabet?
Do you see the paper A in the front left of the photo? Cate colored, cut and wrote a little message for Si on the back. A rare moment of kindness toward her brother. It reads "Cate, This is for you, for Si." Not bad for a girl who could barely cut or write six months ago.