How Using Games Increase Attention Span When Teaching Kids The Alphabet
Hello friends, welcome back to Azy Reading Journey website. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We had a great time and we are still amazed to see how using games increase attention span when teaching kids the alphabet.
Azy is still learning the letters of the alphabet, and we are now including letters “M” to “R.” In making preparation for Thanksgiving, we missed some lessons.
However, we are planing to find more activities with games, so that we can get back on track and continue on Azy’s reading journey.
Help Kids Get Interested In Learning
Azy is still showing interest in learning, and even though we were not doing the lesson on the regular schedule, he still wanted to do something.
He is now asking to do the lesson before he goes to daycare, and even before he goes to bed. This is very interesting, and he continues to surprise us.
Azy is also asking to watch the LeapFrog Letter Factory DVD instead of doing the regular lesson with the 2-1 Magnetic Matching Puzzle.
Read more about the DVD here.
When we first started teaching Azy, at times, he was very reluctant to use the same materials repeatedly.
However, as we continued to teach him, we looked for ways to help get him more interested and make learning fun.
We decided that we would allow him to choose the activity that he wanted to do.
Since he reacted positively to doing that, we are still giving him the opportunity to choose the activities that he wants to do.
You can read here to learn more about Azy’s focusing problems.
Read here to learn what we did to try to help him. We also learned that using games increased attention span.
When Azy first started to watch the LeapFrog Letter Factory DVD, he was not showing any interest.
He would just sit and watch and does not respond to what he was watching. Read more about that here.
However, as he continued to asked to watch it, we would encourage him to say what they were saying on the DVD.
Gradually, he started to get involved and was reacting to the activities on the DVD.
The videos below show Azy watching the LeapFrog Letter Factory DVD.
The first video shows him just looking at the screen, while the second video shows him getting involved with the alphabet activities.
Using Games Increase Kids Desire To Learn
Azy have two more LeapFrog DVDs plus other DVDs that he watches regularly. These include Adventure Time, Walking with Dinosaurs and PBS kids – 20 Incredible Tales.
Using his portable DVD player makes it easy for him to move from one area to another while he is watching the DVDs, and he loves that freedom.
The DVDs and other materials were purchased to help make the learning process more fun and for Azy to keep learning when he was not doing the lesson.
Including these materials along with the educational toys and alphabet activities, we are seeing more and more how using games increase attention span when teaching kids the alphabet.
At this time, Azy is using the 2-1 Magnetic Matching Puzzle as the main educational toy to learn the alphabet.
See more about that here. This is helping him because there are pictures on the puzzle pieces to help him know what each letter is for.
However, when he watches the LeapFrog Letter Factory DVD, the letters do not always have pictures to help him identify what the letters are for.
So, when he is watching the DVD, he is being challenged to remember what each letter represents. I believe this will help him to start recognizing and identifying the letters.
Azy is watching the LeapFrog Letter Factory DVD to help him recognized and identified the letters.
We will also be going back to playing games using the magnetic letters on a regular basis.
This will help him in those areas as well. See more about learning with magnetic letters here.
When playing the magnetic letters games, Azy will go back to using the Double-Sided Learning Board, 3D Wood alphabet letters puzzle board and trays.
Azy still loves playing with the 2-1 Magnetic Matching Puzzle.
However, I believe that it is necessary to let him take a break from it sometimes to see how he is progressing in knowing the letters.
Using Creative Ways To Get Azy Interested
We are still working on finding different fun ways to help Azy learn the letters of the alphabet, because we want to make sure that he can recognized and identified the letters whether he sees a picture or not.
I believe that we have more than enough materials to use at this time. However, when he is watching the LeapFrog DVDs, he is asking for other DVDs that are being advertised.
So far, we have not purchased any. Even though Azy is doing far better than he was, we are prepared to slow down if necessary, to make sure we are laying a solid foundation for his learning journey.
Overall, we are seeing a lot of progress, and also seeing how using games increase attention span when teaching kids the alphabet.
Azy has settled down, he is more focused and willing to do the lesson.
If he continues this way, and we continue to do what we are currently doing, he might be able to learn all or most of the letters by the end of the year.
If that happens, it would be wonderful, if not we will just continue in the new year and take all the time that is needed for him to learn the letters of the alphabet.
As always, thank you for travelling with Azy on his learning journey. I would love to hear what you think about what we are doing in using so many alphabet activities.
Teaching Azy is helping us to see how using games increase attention span when teaching kids the alphabet and I would like to hear if you are learning anything useful from what we are doing.
Please also feel free to share any games that we can use. Thanks