Ace is getting really good at recognizing his alphabet thanks to the moveable alphabet box. However, that is only one part on the road to reading; he needs to learn what sounds those letters make. I came across another great idea via Pinterest on Pink and Green Mama to create an ABC Box. I knew that Ace would love it.
What is essential to make an ABC Box is
|A, a: alligator, avocado, ant, anchor, axe, acorn, arrow, apple|
|P, p: penguin, puzzle piece, polar bear, pom pom, purple peanut, paperclip, pencil|
|S, s: stamp, scissors, sun, snowflake, star, shell, stingray, soda, shark, stroller, sandal, snake|
I bought a sheet of scrapbook alphabet stickers and put them on each of the drawers and with my son we began to sort in various sittings through the different items. Helping him from the get go to see what items sounded like. A few items I let him decide what they were: the cup with the straw could have been a coke, a soda, a drink in his eyes and so I wanted him to tell me so that I wasn't fighting the title of the object in the middle of a phonetic lesson. With everything sorted I then grabbed one lower and upper case of each letter from his moveable alphabet box and put them each of the drawers. Finally his alphabet box was ready to begin working with.
He LOVED it from the start - in fact he was loving it so much that he would sneak down in the morning before we were awake and 'do school' with it. Which would be ok except for the choking hazard items and while I had a good idea on what was in each box I wasn't totally positive of each item. So that created the need to create a cover for it - which has proven to be just what I hoped it would be 'out of sight, out of mind' and so he only does it when I am around and working with him.
Overall it's been a good tool that he's enjoying using and as I find new items (those miniature erasers are GREAT for these boxes) we'll continue to add, replace, and change up the various items in his box. Start up costs for our box: $15 for the box, $3 for the letter stickers, $5 for the doodads, and another $2 for a set of erasers that I picked up. A grand total of $25. Well worth it - we've certainly gotten our money's worth already.
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