I’ve been teaching JA to read with the Brill Kids Little Reader program since he was 6-months old. He’s now 15-months old. So, can he read? I don’t think so but he’s well on his way to recognizing the letters of the alphabet.
His older brother could correctly identify every letter of the alphabet by the time he was 17-months old and I’m pretty sure that JA can already recognize them, too. But developmentally, he’s not yet able to communicate exactly what he knows.
We have a framed poster in the middle of our staircase with big letters spelling out “Sausalito.”
When WJ was a baby he was fascinated with the poster and we’d frequently stop and look at it on our way down the stairs. One day when when WJ was about 16-months old, we were looking at the poster and I asked him “do you see the letter S?” He looked at me and then looked at the poster and he correctly pointed out the first S with a big smile on his face. Then I asked him “do you see another S and he excitedly pointed out the other S. That’s when I first realized that he knew his letters.
Well, JA has now taken interest in the poster and yesterday he correctly pointed out “S” when I asked him “do you know where S is?” I don’t normally “test” my kids to see what they’ve learned. I’m not a big fan of testing in general since it creates pressure to do well and takes the focus off of learning, which should be fun. But sometimes I’m curious to see how far he’s progressed. Mostly, I was excited to see the smile he gave me when he pointed out the correct letter. He already loves to learn!
We literally spend only 3-5 minutes a day on Little Reader. In addition to the preset lessons on Little Reader, we also review the lowercase letters and the alphabet song several times a week. JA sweetly sings and claps along with the alphabet song.
At this age, JA is toddling around, exploring his world and discovering many things through this exploration. But he’s also learning how to read and he loves his books. He gets so excited when he sees his favorite books and excitedly points and “talks” to you until you give him his book. These are the moments I cherish as a mom.