Who loves Cheez-Its?! Zoë looovvess Cheez-Its! If your following our Instagram, then you can recall the video I posted summarizing our snack time turned literacy activity last night.
As we know, toddlers love to eat/snack. One day while shopping, I went down the chip aisle to get our box of Cheez-Its like normal, however this time, I noticed there was a “Scrabble Juniors” edition. My brain went to work on what I could do with them! It may have been the Speech Pathologist in me but I just knew I was excited to see how Zoë would respond to using the Cheez-Its instead of the same ole alphabet Flash Cards.
We usually sing a song of “A is for Apple A-A-Apple…B is for Ball, B-B-Ball” and so on. This is our way of practicing sound-letter recognition by associating words that start with each letter of the alphabet and providing the sound of that letter. So this time I thought we could incorporate some letter identification first then go into the sound-letter identification, hints the use of the Cheez-Its. For example, I asked Zoë to point to a given letter “Point to the letter A.” (Zoë points) I’d prompt her.. “A is for..” She would give me an example of a word that starts with the letter A.. “Apple!” The reinforcement (prize) for getting it correct would be her treat of being able to eat that letter Cheez-It which of course, was her favorite part. That reinforcement lets her know that her response is correct. When she didn’t get it correct, I would provide her with simple prompts or hints like providing two answer/letter choices instead of 9. All in all, it was a success! Zoë actually liked the activity! She was able to identify 10 letters before losing interest LOL I’d recommend this to mommy of any toddler/preschooler who would like to work on sound-letter recognition!
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Love, Hugs and Literacy,