My daughter started talking really early and now talks in sentences. She knows her numbers, colors, letters and shapes. She can even tell the difference between a hexagon and octagon. I think it is time I start introducing her to sounds of letters, reading and spelling.
She loves using flash cards so I decided to create some that were simple for her to start the process. I started out with some super simple words: cat, hat, dog, hog, can, fan. I made a flash card for each letter and a picture flash card for each word.
I printed them out onto card stock and cut them all out. Then I placed them all on the couch and started showing her each letter. She knew all of the letters so I started teaching her what each letter sounds like. I started with the c and told her c is for "ka" like cat and showed her the c and then the cat. I continued for each letter making sure to keep showing her the cat so she would understand that those three letters meant cat. I continued for the rest of the words and made it fun her by being silly and making her laugh. I let her tell me when she was done for the day and by the end of our little learning session she remembered that the word cat begins with a c.
You can print out your own flash cards by clicking on each pictures.
How did you start teaching your kids how to read and spell?