Pinterest, and then adapted it to involved his cars, so I thought I'd share it on the blog. All you need is some blank paper or paper plates, a marker pen, some pom poms, a straw and some car or similar.
First I wrote the letters of his name on the paper and set them up on the stairs. You do need to be around for this game as there is a risk of them tumbling, especially as they lean over to see where the pom pom landed.
Once they were set up, J sent a pom pom down the stairs to see where it went. He started off by blowing them using the straws, which he thought was great fun, and then decided to try throwing them, before blowing them down without the straws.
We began by going through his name each letter at a time. As a pom pom laded on a letter I would ask him what it was, to try and encourage him to recognise the letters in his name. Most of the time he would reply with 'I can't remembre' (I love the little mispronunciations!) so I would remind him which one it was. After a few times in order I shouted the letters randomly to see if he could get them.
He absolutely loved this and we did it a couple of times, and gradually he started to remember 'kicking K' and 'curly C' in his name.
Finally I made it a jumping game, so he had to leap from one letter to the next. After leaping in order, he then leapt backwards and then from 'J' to 'curly C' and so on, in a more random order. By the end of it all he knew which letter I meant as I shouted it.
Having a child who doesn't learn in the traditional sit down way often makes you question their intelligence. Whilst being clever isn't everything and I certainly value happiness over results, I am reluctant to write off my boy. He has demonstrated today that just because a child learns in a different way doesn't mean they aren't intelligent, they just need to be stimulated in a way that appeals to them.