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Editor's Note: This post was originally published in April 201, but has been updated December 2019.
The early years of homeschooling are so fun! Teaching letter and number recognition is like playing with your child when you incorporate do-a-dots, messy fun, and lots of games. Many times the child doesn't even realize they are "working" because it's just having fun with Mommy.
I've used many different things through the years to teach various children letter recognition (like using Bs Have Bellies, Ds Don't for letter reversals), but one thing they have all enjoyed are Alphabet Look-and-Find sheets. For my older children, I just drew random letters in an assortment of colors and sizes on a sheet of scrap paper and they would circle the one we were working on. However, for my younger two children (and for our Sisters readers), I designed this complete set of uppercase letters.
These work great with Do-a-Dot markers! If you want to save money by making these alphabet sheets non-consumable, then print on cardstock and laminate or insert into these dry erase pockets. They also can be used with markers (such as coins, buttons, or pom-poms) to cover the letters.
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Speaking of pom poms and assorted craft supplies, here's a tip from a veteran homeschool mom of 17 years: Keep your eyes open at thrift stores, garage sales, and clearance sections for miscellaneous buttons, crafts supplies, art paper, googly eyes, beading kits, etc. if you have a spare closet or nook somewhere that you can dedicate to storing these things.
I can't tell you how many times this has come in handy (and saved money or extra trips to the store) over the years! A good example is this easy DIY I Spy game that Tara was able to throw together using almost entirely items she had on hand.
To download these FREE alphabet look-and-find sheets, just click on the image. I hope you and your child enjoy them!
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