Toddler leaping into learning

I have been singing the ABCs to my son Jaydon ever since he was born. Right-a-way I wanted to start teaching him the basics. I knew though as a infant Jaydon would not understand what I was saying. Nevertheless I hoped the constant and repetitive singing of the alphabet would allow something to eventually stick. Or at least he would recognize the letters 18-months later.

Jaydon sitting in his chair watching a LeapFrog video.

Jaydon sitting in his chair watching a LeapFrog video.

Around Jaydon’s 20th month we introduced him to the LeapFrog videos on Netflix. Before that all Jaydon was able to watch was “Super WHY!” and “Dora the Explorer.” Jaydon was a big fan of both shows but after watching for three months we could tell he was starting to get board. That’s when I decided to give LeapFrog’s “Phonics Farm” and “The Amazing Alphabet Amusement Park” videos a try.

Almost from the beginning Jaydon was picking up on the letters of the alphabet. In less than a month and with a little coaching from me Jaydon started repeating the letters. After a couple of months of watching and coaching Jaydon can now say the alphabet on his own. Jaydon even asks for the show almost by name. He says, “alphabet” when we wants to watch the LeapFrog videos.

This past month we’ve moved onto other LeapFrog videos such as, Let’s Go to School, Math Adventure to the Moon and Numbers Ahoy. These number videos have also stimulated Jaydon’s desire to count. This time without any help from me Jaydon one day just started counting. The first time he only made it to 8 yet it was still amazing to hear. He’s now counting into the teens but those numbers are more jibber jabber than actual counting. Still he’s trying and I’m sure Jaydon will be able to count to 20 very soon.

LeapFrog's, “Phonics Farm” and “The Amazing Alphabet Amusement Park.”

LeapFrog’s, “Phonics Farm” and “The Amazing Alphabet Amusement Park.”

I’ve become a big fan of the LeapFrog videos. But just sitting your child down in front of the TV is not enough. Throughout the day I am always coaching, encouraging and teaching my son to say the alphabet, new words and to count. This past week I have started to use flashcards with simple words and pictures. Jaydon is also starting to learn about colors.

Children are sponges at this age, mimicking everything we say and do. Now is the time to build their education foundation.

Question to the parents:
Jaydon just turned 2, how old was your child when he or she first learned the alphabet and numbers?


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13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Hannah
    Apr 22, 2013 @ 22:45:57

    Had no idea netflix had movies/shows like that! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    Hannah

    settlingintomotherhood.com

    • Chris Hall
      Apr 23, 2013 @ 09:19:07

      We’ve had Netflix for a couple of years. But it’s only been the last five months or so that we started watching educational kids shows.
      There are a lot of choices. It’s definitely worth the $8 per month.

  2. Maggie
    Apr 23, 2013 @ 05:49:54

    2! We have some Barney videos and that’s where he learned his ABCs. As for counting, he learned it from Disney Junior shows.

    • Chris Hall
      Apr 23, 2013 @ 09:21:08

      We tried a few other shows but Jaydon loves LeapFrog. He seems to hate Sesame Street. Cry’s and yells every time we turn it on.

  3. keladelaide
    Apr 24, 2013 @ 06:53:45

    I’m a teacher but don’t tend to ‘teach’ my kids at home. I do enough of that during the day. At home, we tend to do arty farty activities for learning like making letters out of play-doh, pipe cleaners, etc. We use magnets, chalk and in the car we use silly word games to help to boys learn. I try to make it fun and we talk about letters, words, numbers a lot.

    • Chris Hall
      Apr 26, 2013 @ 09:11:54

      We have fome letters and numbers for the bath. Jaydon will say the number or letter as he throws them out of the tub. I recently got flashcards, but it’s had because Jaydon does not like to sit still for long.

  4. Anonymous
    Apr 24, 2013 @ 09:24:10

    I don’t remember how old Jada was when she started counting and doing the alphabet. I did a lot of what you listed above. Never focused on signing the letters but showed her a couple times. Something that helped Jada with her counting, everytime we went up our stairs we counted all of the way up. Doing that everyday at least twice a day helped out big time.

  5. Max Shields
    Apr 24, 2013 @ 21:59:51

    Hook ’em young doesn’t just apply to vices! Great job.

  6. writingmommync
    May 05, 2013 @ 23:55:10

    I started with the basics in the early days as well. I can’t wait to see if it has an impact later.
    Crosby has the same chair!

    • Chris Hall
      May 06, 2013 @ 10:25:42

      That’s great. Good luck.
      At 2-years Jaydon is now starting to say and remember new words after hearing and repeating them once or twice. Sometimes he’ll even say a word we never realized he knew.

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