So I might have mentioned Vinnie's obsession with dinosaurs... you know just once or twice!
I've been doing a lot of research on engaging and educating boys recently (in fact I'm pretty sure I want to write a book of boy fun inspiration now) and all the research backs up my own findings, you cannot engage a little boy if he is not already interested in the subject. I'm sure you've all realised this when you notice that your little man looks forward to storytime because he has a book about a train or how adding a few diggers to a playscene suddenly makes it more inviting. So I decided to utilise my crappy drawing skills and my son's dinolove to do some letter practise...
I mentioned before we are doing letters in order of phonetic sound, SATPIN rather than the traditional ABCD alphabet. As we work through letter recognition I plan to add some more prehistoric characters to his letter book, for now we have 'T is for Tyrannosaurus', 'S is for Spinosaurus' and 'A is for Apatosaurus' (pretty sure I'm going to struggle to find X dinosaurs, let alone draw one, but we will cross that bridge!)
Am planning Parasaurolophus, Iguanadon and Nodosaurus for my next challenge!
I think with a little creative thinking you can adapt learning opportunities that will appeal to your child's interests - letter roads for toy cars to drive along or numbered train carriages for counting practise for example.
How do you embrace your kiddo's passions?