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Using Letter Buddies to Build Vocabulary
This is a guest post by Kathy Crane, one of our occasional guest bloggers. If you like what you see here, check back frequently for more posts from her and click here to read her blog.
About a year ago, I told you about my two-year-old grandson who quickly learned all of his alphabet letters and sounds using the Letter Buddies books. Now let me tell you about his little sister: G. has taken to these fun readers just as eagerly as her big brother. While her big brother learned all of his letters early from the books, she took a different trajectory.

The Letter Buddies books have taught her to love books and, by eighteen months, she was quietly sitting, book in hand, making up stories. Because both children love the books so much and have learned from them in uniquely different ways, I was curious to see what else I could do with these little wonders.

While I was spending a few days with the kiddos, I was thinking about how these books could be used to teach vocabulary. I picked up a book and began pointing at each picture one by one, and, to my surprise, G. could name each picture in every single volume. Not only had she learned to love books and learn some letters, she had gleaned the vocabulary from each book. Although I believe the books alone are great, don’t forget the companion app. It is a great educational substitute for busy moms. You can check it out on YouTube here!

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Kathy Crane holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading, is a published author of thirteen books, a freelance author and developer of teaching curriculum, has been a teacher of kindergarten for twenty-two years, and publishes the blog Kindergarten Kiosk
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For additional information on the Letter Buddies books shown in this post, click here to visit our website, or click the image below to download a series highlights sheet with key features. 
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