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Teaching my 3 year old


For personal reasons, am having to take off work, take my little one out of daycare and be a stay at home mom. She has learned so much being at the daycare that it hurts me having to take her out. I’m feeling overwhelmed trying to teach her at home the letter, numbers, shapes, etc. I’m using ABC mouse but I feel like I should do more. Any advise one a day to day way of teaching her at home.

  • Megan
    Nov 14, 2018

    I think saying letters with words repetitively throughout the day helps. Kids listen a-lot! “A is for apple” “c is for car” . Counting, too. When you give cereal do so in pieces and visually “1,2,3 cereal” visual aids help! Also, reading is a good way to keep them interested and learn at the same time. I would suggest getting your LO out of the house and to socialize with kids at least once a day to keep social skills in que. ex, the park, community center, mall ect. I wouldn’t worry a crazy amount about him/her being behind.

  • Ivy
    Nov 15, 2018

    I know people can really be against this, but watching ABC (any educational subject) videos seem to be useful. The visual and the songs are super helpful. I think of it like teachers using tacky PowerPoint to teach, or Schoolhouse Rock videos-- except animation now is nicer. I know I retain info so much better through music videos. I still remember lyrics stuff from Schoolhouse Rock, "Conjunction junction, what's your function? Hooking up words and phrases and clauses". In our say to day, I point out objects or people and relate them to letters (that's Adam, his name makes the "ah" sound, for"A") or numbers (there's 5 people waiting for the bus). Same goes for shapes. We have shape sorters and puzzles of all sorts. I also wrote a letter (upper and lower case) daily and showed it to my son (same letter for a few days until he said it). I pretty much just incorporate as much as I can in my day to day around my kiddos. Some examples: Go open the door on the left side of the car. Pick out the dark brown shoes-- you need a pair, that's 2! You can have 15 square cheez-its, you ate one, now there's 14! Wash your hands-- 20, 19, 18, 17... The stop sign has 8 sides-- it's an octagon!

  • Morgan
    Nov 15, 2018

    I would suggest starting with a letter of the week and working on a different letter each week teaching the letter name and sound. You can look up tons of activities on Pinterest for letter of the week. Honestly, pinterest will be your best friend for learning activities for letters, numbers, shapes, colors, etc. Also, books. Read lots of them all the time! It's amazing what they pick up from books at this age. 😁 The most important thing is to let the child have fun while learning. And dont feel like you have to do something every day either. Because at this age you really dont need to do learning activities everyday. But yoo can start to incorporate certain things into everyday. For example, when it snows you could say " It is so pretty, can you tell me what color it is?" When we are driving i point out objects to my 3 year old and say the begining letter sound as a point them out. So i will say "Do you see that bus?! B-b-bus!" Or if your child is playing with a toy that has multiple pieces you can sit down to play and help the child count the pieces. Fortunately, at this age, there is a lot of freedom with teaching at home.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 17, 2018

    Thank you ladies! All really good ideas. I’ll admit i was a little stressed about it but now i feel better.

  • Rocio
    Nov 19, 2018

    Don’t feel overwhelmed mama! I started my own journey on teaching the kids at home too! I personally do 20 minutes a day with my 2 year old twins I take one at a time to the kitchen while the other two stay in the living room. I’ve separated their educational toys and they love it! They get really excited! I learned a lot from searching on YouTube homeschool preschool at home! Repetition thru out the day helps a lot as well! I do lots of nursery rhymes and I do a lot of phonex YouTube songs as well! I’ve notice the girls really love these poster boards I’ve made they really enjoy it! I’ve done learning binder and sensory index cards. Hope this helps and inspires you to keep doing what your doing!

  • Anonymous
    Nov 24, 2018

    Thanks a lot for the pictures!!!! I like looking at ideas.