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These exercises support letter recognition through reading and writing upper and lower case letters. We confine each letter to one page so your child can clearly see how letter forms differ from one another. Asking questions such as: "what is the difference between letter A and letter B?" will help your child begin to look at the letters and remember their names.
The number exercises support both ordinal number and number word recognition. Because it is easier for children to learn information in context, we provide objects that can be counted and compared to corresponding numbers. We also provide a visual comparison between ordinal numbers and number names.
These exercises introduce children to basic geometric shapes and encourage both shape and shape word recognition. Start with no more than four common shapes and shape names and then progress to more difficult ones once your child has shown mastery of the subject matter.
These exercises support color and color word recognition. Placing the word red next to a swatch of red color helps your child quickly identify the word. Once your child shows proficiency, fold the printed exercise in half so the child can practice recognizing color words without the aid of seeing the corresponding color.
These word exercises are designed to help your child read words. Instead of teaching your child that "a is for apple", which may be confusing for children who are learning to read in more than one language, show your child an apple and slowly spell out the letters a-p-p-l-e and then repeat the word apple. Or try saying “a-p-p-l-e spells apple”. This will help you to later replace the first language word with a second language word for the same object. It is also a good idea to start with teaching words as part of larger word families. You may want to teach number words first and then teach color words. This kind of chunking of the information can give your child a sense of accomplishment and help build self esteem. Then, celebrate when your child can read all the number words or all the color words.