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Teaching Your Toddler How To Spell Their Name

I have always enjoyed seeing my little boy’s eyes light up when he realizes he has learned something new. When he learned to spell his name he was just so excited, and I could see an immediate boost in confidence. I have mentioned in previous posts that he is a typical little boy- he bores very easily and it is sometimes difficult for him to sit still. This can be a problem in a typical classroom setting, but since we are learning at home for now, I’ve come up with some fun ways for him to learn how to spell his name:

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Grab those annoying, (and sometimes painful when in the bottom of your foot) blocks off of the living room floor, and stick a letter of your child’s name on each one. Viola, you have an awesome puzzle that your child can either line up or stack!

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Sing a Name Song Banner

We had so much fun with this one! We worked together to come up with a song that spelled out his name, and we sing it all of the time.

“C-A-M-E-R-O-N he’s Cam-er-on and he’s my best friend!”

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“C-A-M-E-R-O-N, that’s the way you spell Cameron!”

I would love to hear from all of you about other ways you have taught your children how to spell their names!

Hand Painted Terra Cotta Pots

Pre-K Science for Earth Day!

I have recently started doing “activity time” with my kiddos (1&3), and they are loving it so far. I’ve been trying to implement some sort of learning activity for 30 minutes every day, since my oldest has not started Preschool yet. I absolutely LOVED the activity we did yesterday!

I bought a couple of those cheap $1 terra cotta pots from the store, and I let the kids paint them however they wanted, then after cleaning up, we made a quick run to the home improvement store and I let them pick out a special plant of their choice. My oldest was SO excited. We then planted them, watered them, and sat them in the sunlight!

During the entire process we talked about all of the things plants need to survive, how they grow, and what they do to help us. It was educational, fun, and SUPER messy, but they loved it.

Here’s a picture of the finished product!

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It was fun to see what kind of plant they chose. My son chose a rosemary plant, because we took a moment to smell the herbs, and of course my one-year-old baby girl chose a plant with pretty pink flowers… which she proceeded to rip off of their stems after we planted them 😐 We have now replaced it with a succulent (which I’m going to try and propagate soon!)

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We always talk about how plants grow when planting seeds in the garden, and even my baby girl has learned so much from gardening. They love to help pull weeds and plant baby seeds. My son always kisses the seeds, carefully covers them with dirt, gives them a little pat, and we watch them grow over the next few months. It is just the sweetest thing.