Alphabet Crackers

Simple Cheez-It Game for Teaching Letters

Some kids are just not that interested in learning letters.  My son isn’t.  There are so many so much more interesting things learn about in the world besides letters.  I don’t blame him.  I was the same way.  But letters, and words, and sentences, and paragraphs are the gateway to so much of what the world has to offer.

You certainly don’t want to push and not before they are ready but since it is so important I think it is worthy of a gentle nudge.Going into her last year of preschool, my daughter was reading simple words and had a big advantage starting kindergarten reading.  Kindergarten is the new first grade, people!  I don’t want my son to struggle in school.  I want it to be challenging but achievable so that he enjoys it and has confidence.  So this last year of preschool I am very focused on helping his mastering his letters.

Enter Cheez-Its!

Cheez-Its have been around forever but lately they had added all kinds of flavors and a couple kid friendly designs.  I like the letter ones or Scrabble Junior as it says on the box.  Sunshine brand, PLEASE don’t stop making these!  My kids love snacks.  In fact if I call their meals snacks they are more likely to eat them!

We play a game with them.  When my son pulls one out of the bag he tells me the letter, sound, and a word.  Similar to the Fundations method used in my daughters kindergarten class.  I really only know what my daughter has shared about this system but from what I understand, letters are introduced one at a time and then they are able to refer to a poster that has the alphabet with upper and lower case letters plus a picture of a thing with that sound (Aa – ā – apple).

He MORE than tolerates this game!  This is a big milestone for us.  I am not sure if it is that he is now ready or that he can then eat his letter!  Either way it is working and we are learning, yay!  I think there is also alphabet cookies but cheez-Its are better because you eat more of them thus more practice!

Why not try it!

I don’t know why but this post made me think of this song…

Oh my goodness, indeed!

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What method for teaching letters has worked for you?  Please share!

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Ann

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8 comments

  1. It seems like all my friends with kids in the public school system are doing extra literacy work with them. My daughter enjoyed Jolly Phonics and Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. My son wants me to teach him to read, too, so I need to unearth those books again!

    I have read that boys enjoy combining physical activities with learning, like running to the letter S rather than pointing to it while sitting still. Food seems like a good way to keep a boy engaged with the learning process, too!
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    • Definitely not off the hook if you want your kids to succeed in public school!

      I’m going to look into the books you mentioned. My daughter learned with Bob Books – loved those. We are not there yet thought! That seems true about boys.

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