My son just turned 2. He knows all of his letters, upper and lowercase, how to count to 12, 8 colors, and 9 shapes. But we didn't do flashcards or videos or anything. It was all learned through play. We have puzzles, blocks, shape sorters, etc. and I would talk to him as he was doing it and direct his play "let's put all the green blocks here and the red ones over here" and then help him sort them. When he was doing the shape sorter I would talk to him about which shape he was putting in. His uppercase letters he learned from Leapfrog Fridge Phonics ($20 at Target) which was a great thing for him to play with in the kitchen while I was cooking. We have foam letter puzzles we got at the dollar store which is where he learned his lowercase letters.
Kids learn best through play - just have fun!
at 10:00 PM on Nov. 15, 2010