When I had my first son – I was ready to teach him everything.
I think he had his own personalized ABC book when he was less than a year old. I would read to him, “A is for apple, B is for ball, C is for cooking” with correlating pictures of him eating an apple, bouncing a ball and “cooking” with toy food.
I was like mom of the year.
Then, I had another baby.
Poor baby #2.
I’ve taught G.R. how to… eat. Maybe. Yeah, I’ll take credit for that.
He’s 21 months old now (No, I’m not a month-counter mom. He’s almost 2 years old. But for this demonstration I feel like you need to know!).
Two or three months ago my cute little guy exclaimed “B! Buh, buh, buh.”
He’s just making sounds, right?
He’s looking at a ‘B.’ He’s pointing at it and everything.
“B! Buh, buh, buh.”
Okay, so somehow this guy taught himself what a ‘B’ is.
Within the same few minutes he then points at a ‘D.’
“D! Duh, duh, duh.”
You have got to be kidding me. My son is Matilda. My son is actually Matilda.
I did float that idea by my husband, hoping that G.R. will start moving things with his mind – specifically the ingredients to make pancake mix. He shot me down.
He may not be able to use his mind to rearrange the living room, but he knows at least 20 of his letters.
So how did my 1 1/2 year old teach himself the alphabet?
I can’t know for sure, but I’m pretty sure these top toys helped.
If there is just one of these toys you buy, make it this one. It’s actually called “My Own Leaptop” because you can personalize it with your child’s name. Of course, poor G.R. gets to hear his brother’s name constantly. Hashtag – SecondChildProblems. There are also pre-written “emails” that you can make from Mom, Dad or your child’s grandparents.
I LOVE! First of all, your child gets to look at letters! Beneath each letter is a picture of something that starts with said letter. And finally – it’s puzzle practice!
This is another great interactive toy! My favorite part of this toy is the letter blocks. They fit perfectly in one side of the cube. Once you put it in, the cube tells you what you found “G! You found ‘G!'”
I have to include the cheapest and most classic ABC toy! My older son, J.C. actually set up all the letters on the fridge for G.R. and called it a ‘learning center.’
G.R. now carries them around the kitchen saying what they are before plopping them on the fridge.
It turns out being the second kid isn’t so bad! At least you have a big brother to teach you!
I hope you have fun with some of these options! What has worked for you?!
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