Letter of the week: U!

Letter of the week: U!

This week was fun, just because U is such a unique letter and there are only really a few good examples you can give when learning this letter of the alphabet.

Of course, we started out with U is for Umbrella. Umbrella’s are something that children usually don’t get to mess with, mainly because of the fact that there tiny little fingers can easily get pinched when opening or closing one.  Brielle understood that we only use one when it’s raining outside, so she LOVED it when I got to show her how it opened/closed and how to clasp the little cover over it to make sure that it stayed close. The way she says umbrella is so cute as well, I loved when she would say “U is for umbrella!”

Unicorn is another example I used, knowing that it would come with a lot of questions. She kept them a horse and would say “look mommy it’s a U for horse!” So, in theory that really didn’t work well, but I fully believed in them when I was a kid and they are just so beautiful! I showed her so many pictures, and she would say “wow such a beautiful horse” lol! So, when I knew that example wouldn’t really stick, I went something more attainable.

Uniform was the last example I gave, because I knew with having my brother’s picture from when he was active duty in the Marine Corps, she would understand what it was.  She loved to go around showing Nathan’s picture to Daddy, and to a few people through video chat as well. 🙂  So happy that both sides of our family have served/are serving in different branches of the military, so giving her examples of Shane’s brother, and Dad were pretty easy! So thankful that they have chosen to serve for this beautiful Country we live in!

We also still practiced tracing, of course learning in her games, playing puzzles, coloring, making blocks in the shape of the letter U, and doing her favorite alphabet activity which is going through her alphabet book (the one everyone made her from her 2nd birthday party) and finding the new letter of the week! She actually got like 12 or so letters correct the last time we flipped through it all, which is pretty awesome! 🙂

Here are a few pictures from the week: FYI I wish I had taken a picture of Brielle carrying around my brother’s picture! 🙂

Umbrella fun!
Umbrella fun!
trying to trace/draw the letter U on her own
trying to trace/draw the letter U on her own

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"color only the letter u"
“color only the letter u”
tracing her letter of the week
tracing her letter of the week
Unicorn!
Unicorn!

Letter of the week: T!

Letter of the week: T!

This weeks teaching lasted me about 1 1/2 weeks due to me working so much and not being home to actually sit down and teach her the letter enough for her to learn it well.

We first started with T for turtle, since she thinks they are such cute animals, I knew she would love to know that turtles started with the letter T! We actually got to go to the Corpus Christi Aquarium and she saw a HUGE one, swimming in the water and she loved it! I think it was probably as big as she was, so that was definitely pretty neat!

T was also for tasty since she will try JUST about anything! I would ask her to tell me if something was tasty that starts with a T, and she would grab something that she loves to eat and tell me “that’s tasty!”.  One thing that amazed me was much she has tried in her short little life of just being two years old.  One of her favorite things when we go to restaurants to eat is the spicy salsa, and people are so amazed that she loves such spicy stuff at two years old.  When my parents took her to out to eat when they were on vacation not to long ago, they ordered SUPER spicy/hot shrimp, and Brielle definitely loved it!

T is for twirling was the third thing that we focused on.  Brielle loves to pretend to be  a Princess, and they twirl a lot. So I would say “well Brielle, can you tell what the word twirl starts with?” and she would go “t for twirl” and she would spin, and spin, and spin.. haha! It was so cute to dress her in her poofy dresses/skirts and let her practice her new word to the fullest!

I think the last thing that I really focused on was teaching her that her toungue started with the letter T! She LOVED showing me her tongue, and had this weird thing where she would actually lick things using her tongue.  She wouldalso  say “T for tongue” and show me her food (which was definitely not the most appealing thing I have ever seen, haha!) .  She actually asked her cousin Emma to show her, her tongue and they definitely touched tongues (GROSS!) lol! Hey, she is a toddler now so she gets away with crazy things, but they are so cute together.

Overall, this week and a half was a great learning experience and I cannot wait until we get to start learning the letter U!

We also did reading, writing, coloring books, puzzles, and tons of fun activities while learning this letter.

Here are some pictures from the week!

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tasty!
tasty!
trying to trace
trying to trace
Turtle!
Turtle!
tracing!
tracing!
T game!
T game!
The letter T in her alphabet book from her birthday!
The letter T in her alphabet book from her birthday!

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trying to write T! "down and across"
trying to write T! “down and across”

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Letter of the week: R!!

Letter of the week: R!!

Welp! This letter of the week has definitely by far been the hardest week for me to teach.  I wanted to relate everything to Rochelle, just so I could have an entire full week to talk about her every day with Brielle (which I practically do a little each day anyways) 🙂

R is definitely one of the letters of the alphabet that just doesn’t get used in the beginning of words that often.  So to come up with a few ideas on what to really focus on teaching her so she would grasp the letter well was definitely interesting to say the least.  I started out  with the color Red.  Brielle loves to color, and loves to say what each color is, so I would have her find the “red crayon”, or I would ask her to “count how many red pens you have” and we would just go from there.  She LOVED finding all the different shades of red, and it opened up the door to her learning that a color can still be called the same name, even in different shades.

Roses have got to be one of Brielle’s top things.  We have about 4 rose bushes in our front yard, and at least 2-3 times a week she will go over to them to “check to see how they’re doing” and if they are growing any roses on them.  Roses come and go and dependent on the rain and other weather, you will just see them bloom in different times of the year.  Of course the pink ones are my favorite, but for the purpose of learning, we really focused on the red ones and she even gave Daddy one! 🙂

Rochelle has got to be the best thing about this letter.  Rochelle, as many of you know, if my middle name so when I got to teach Brielle that my middle name is the same as Rochelle’s first name, she gave me the most confused look ever.  HA!  I said “R is for Rochelle” and she would go grab something that was hers and go “I go to hospital and give this to Chelle,” it was beyond adorable.  Rochelle is still such an intricate part of our family and we are so happy that we got to share those two months and one day with her.  Brielle is so attached to her, and will include her in many conversations about the day.

Even though I would keep giving her more examples, and usually they stick with just a few ways that she can learn the letter, she definitely had a hard time grasping the letter this week.  Not sure why, and even though we have moved on to a new letter at this time, I really think it would be fun to go back and practice the few that she still is struggling with.

Overall, the week was great and even though I work, I try my best to spend just one on one quality learning time together with her every day and teach something new.  I can’t wait for next week with the letter S!

Here are a few pictures from the week:

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R!
Tracing
Tracing
Finding the hidden R's in the book :)
Finding the hidden R’s in the book 🙂
Ridiculously cute
Ridiculously cute
Puzzle time!
Puzzle time!
Finding the letter from the fridge and putting it and dancing to the music!
Finding the letter from the fridge and putting it and dancing to the music!
Mommy would draw the letter R everywhere, and she would color over each one she found.
Mommy would draw the letter R everywhere, and she would color over each one she found.
One of my favorite pics of Rochelle!
One of my favorite pics of Rochelle!

 

Letter of the week: Q!

Letter of the week: Q!

This letter of the week was interesting to say the least, because not a lot of things start with the letter Q!

Queen was a previous obvious way to start off learning the letter, because she has heard of that example many more times then some of the others.  She loved trying to dress like a queen, even though it is very similar to how a princess dresses in her eyes. She seemed to catch on that a Queen gets to wear “really big hats and big dresses” lol!

Q is also for quiet, which we probably need to practice more often.  I tried to teach her that especially during nap time when she’s laying with mommy, we don’t talk until the nap is over, so we don’t lose track of our main focus…sleep. She has actually done pretty well with being quiet at certain times, and even is getting better at whispering! Score! We will see how well she does at church, but for now progress is progress. 🙂

One of the last main subjects that I touched on was that Q could also stand for quail! It’s kind of funny, because I am not really sure why so many examples of quail are in many of her baby learning activities instead of queen or any kind of easier word.  A Quail is “a collective name for several genera of mid-sized birds generally placed in the order Galliformes.”  To say that we have probably never seen one in person, is probably an accurate statement.  Whenever we would go out to a restaurant or somewhere in general where Q was present, Brielle would go “Q for quail”!

I really enjoyed this letter of the week, and Brielle picked up so fast which made it even more fun! I am very excited about next week which we will definitely be talking about Rochelle a lot! 🙂

Here are a few examples of what we did.  We practiced tracing, choosing the correct letter on the fridge, finding Q on her little computer, reading books and finding the letter throughout the words, and just a lot of recognition with practice. 🙂

Queen!
Queen!
Big Q!
Big Q!
Quail
Quail
Quiet..
Quiet..
Queen alphabet
Queen alphabet
Q found on the fridge :)
Q found on the fridge 🙂
Alphabet puzzle
Alphabet puzzle