A little one’s First Words are always so exciting! Of course, then comes loads of entertainment with all of the random words they begin to learn. Clever Encyclopedia has brought us a book of First Words to learn with over 500 words, tons of pictures and even great games!
First Words is just as adorable as every other book Clever Publishing puts out. I love that they all aim at helping our children grow and learn, making it super easy as parents for us to find ways to teach our little ones new things.
Sight words are something we begin learning in preschool but they don’t have to start then, they can start much earlier. I love that these books make teaching sight words easy for every parent.
Letter of the Day: It’s easy to have a letter of the day and incorporate it into your day. We drew A’s one day and now my three year old grandson sees and points out A’s every single time he sees them. It’s crazy how easy it was for him to start recognizing them and now we can build on that with words that begin with A. Endless possibilities!
Magazines & Picture Books: For whatever reason, I’ve noticed how fun it is for little ones to look through magazines and catalogs. They get so excited when they see something they recognize. Use this! Picture books, like First Words or First Animals help children begin putting the name to the object. Very Well Family has a great list of other ways to learn new words too!
Come up with a Little Ditty: Come up with a fun little tune for everything you do, the more you sing and play the more they will learn. Kindergarten Works suggests using the tune of a song you already know and changing up the words to fit what you are trying to teach. I have a very dear friend who could make up a song about literally anything. That girl has skill!
Matching: Busy Teacher says that using matching games helps children begin to putting words and pictures together to help them recognize words. If they can read, use written words and if they can’t read utilize pictures with the words on them matching them to their opposite or their pair. For example, a pair of mittens to a snowy scene or a lake to a boat. When they begin getting good at the game, you can mix it up and do opposites. Make sure you put the words with the pictures for those who can’t yet read so that they begin to recognize words. When working on learning letters, you can match upper and lower case letters.
Explore the World: Go on walks or to new locations where you can point out and talk about new things. Hands On As We Grow suggests doing this and talking about what you see, hear, feel and so on. This will help them learn feelings and increase their vocabulary much faster. You’ll be just as excited as them when they randomly describe something and you had no clue they ‘got’ it!
Scavenger Hunt: I LOVE this idea from I Can Teach My Child! She suggests making boxes with letters on them then searching for items to put in the box that start with those letters. Click the link to her site for full details, I don’t want to steal their awesomeness, but I did want to share it!
This book is divided up into 5 different sections to help you teach tons of new words:
- Colors: From a color palette to dinosaurs, road trips and Shammy’s Riddles. Learning our colors can be super fun!
- Shapes and Sizes: We’ll learn shapes, those that fit and those that don’t, all different sizes and more of Shammy’s Riddles! Super fun to be had as we learn so many things!
- Numbers: Learning to count has never been more fun as we explore monsters, gardens and supermarket.
- Speech: We learn Mom, Dad, people, what’s missing and even how to say hello in different languages! Since I’m Cherokee, and it’s not included, I’ll let ya in on our language. To say Hello in Cherokee, it’s Osiyo (pronounce O-C-O). Now you’ve learned something new!
- Where and When?: Learning opposites again, Shammy’s route, months, days, seasons and even spend a day with Eugene! So much fun to be had with learning locations and such!
Clever Publishing puts out this fabulous Clever Encyclopedia. They have so many wonderful books and we post about them as much as we can. We’ve learned tons from their books! If you are looking to teach little ones or buy the perfect gift, definitely check out their books! They are full of fun and learning magic! It’s never too early to teach a joy for learning!