I finished potty training my 2.5 year old about 2 months ago and I had to use LOTS of positive reinforcements/rewards to train him. I made a box with different rewards for him including: gummy bears, jelly beans, stickers, and letters. (I’m not a big fan of food rewards but I really wanted him potty trained 🙂 Every time he went potty in the toilet, I gave him an edible treat and a non-edible treat. When he got letters for his reward, he had to name the letter. He knows all of his letters now, so now every time he goes potty he gets a letter and he tells me the sound. He has learned letter sounds for about 6 letters so far.
Learning letter sounds are important because kids need to know what sound each letter makes in order to read. The reason why I like using potty time to teach him these sounds is because he goes potty every day obviously and that way we both remember to work on our letter sounds and they have become a part of our routine. It is not easy sitting down with a toddler to work on sounds so we always use our everyday routine activities to work on academic skills.
You do not need to use the toilet to teach kids letter sounds, but I highly recommend making this a routine thing. For example you can work on a different sound every day during breakfast, dinner, or bedtime.
I also love using this youtube video to teach letter sounds. My son is a huge fan of the ABC apple song and has learned so much from it.
I got our box of letters from Michaels! I hope this small blog post helps.
Please read: Toddlers at this age DO NOT need to know letter sounds. These are skills that children learn in kindergarten. This post if for parents/teachers with children who are interested to learn letter sounds at this age. My son is very interested in letters so we are focusing on his interests.