At almost 20 months, Georgia is really starting to get interested in letters.  Because of a Signing Time video she's been obsessed with, she can identify 7 or 8 letters already by sight, and can sign most of them in ASL.  She's starting to point out letters when she sees them, and I want to encourage this!  Are there activities that I can provide for her that are age appropriate?  I'm not sure quite how to encourage her without going over her head.  Thanks!

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Hi Laura! Thanks for a great question! Sorry I didn’t find it sooner. I’ve subscribed to all the threads now, so I should see things sooner in the future.

I wrote a post called Learning to Read Can Be Just a Fun Game. It’s about how my son LOVED matching sandpaper letters and small objects when he was a toddler. He learned all the phonetic sounds at an early age because of his interest. There are some helpful links in the article for phonics activities that should work well with your daughter. I hope that helps. If you have more questions, please ask!
Thanks Deb! Your post was really helpful. I bookmarked it, and some of the other links below as well. I'm off to watch the videos now and to make my own sandpaper letters for Georgia. I'm so excited to get to play a new game with her!
Glad I could help, Laura! Because of your question, I think I'll feature phonics activities for the Activity of the Week the next couple of weeks!
Thanks Deb! I can't wait to see what you post!
Hi again, Laura! Actually, I was thinking, since it’s the beginning of the school year for many, I should start with practical life on Monday and sensorial the following Monday. Then I’ll go on to language the next Monday. You’ll find practical-life and sensorial activities extremely important for Georgia as well. I’m also writing other articles on using Montessori at home during the next few weeks.

If you follow the links in the article you read, there are quite a few activities until then. Also, I highly recommend How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way and Teach Me to Do It Myself. They have lots of wonderful ideas for using Montessori, including reading activities, at home. Here are links to the book reviews I wrote:
http://livingmontessorinow.com/2010/06/17/how-raise-amazing-child-m...http://livingmontessorinow.com/2010/06/22/teach-me-do-myself-book-r...
That sounds great Deb! We like all activities, including practical life and sensorial. Though she's really into the alphabet, she's also exploring the world around her, and anything to help her do that will be great for us! I've requested the books you suggested from the library, and I should get them soon. Thanks again for all your help!
You’re welcome, Laura! I’m happy if I can help. I’m glad you have the books coming – I think you’ll love them!

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