Ready for a hands-on way to better understand the letters of the alphabet?
I love being able to take something my preschooler sees daily and break it down to create more connections.
Even better is when the activity is fun, hands-on, and simple to set up. No worksheets here!
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There is so much more to letters than names and sounds.
I know it! This may be something new for all of us to hear.
Did you know that letters have different line formations?
When looking at each letter, we can begin to recognize:
straight lines, or sticks
Knowing that letters of the alphabet include straights and curves will help your preschoolers better understand how to write the letters down the road. – A pretty powerful concept to have in their toolbox.
Learning the letters of the alphabet can be fun!
Every child learns the letters of the alphabet at their own pace. Some will memorize the letter names very early on, and others take a more extended amount of time for it to stick.
The trick is, no matter what age or stage, is to have letters in your home that your children can engage with through play.
For this alphabet activity, I cleared off the magnet board and got set up in a flash by bringing our magnetic letters to the table.
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Alphabet activities mixed with sorting is the bread and butter of early learning!
It combines two foundational skills that our children need to practice over and over and over again. And then some more – the letters of the alphabet and classification.
Are you still with me?
Activities that support the practice of grouping, sorting, and identifying details are mathematical that must continue for many years. The best part is that hands-on learning like this doesn’t require a ton of supplies!
Let’s get this set up:
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Tape down white paper on the tabletop with painter’s tape.
Draw a line down the center.
Label one side straight.
Label the other side curves.
Sort through the alphabet and ONLY pick letters that have one or the other. Save the letters of the alphabet with both lines and curves for the next time you play.
Slide the letters to the left of the paper and invite your preschoolers to begin sorting letters with lines and letters with curves.
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Getting my four-year-old moving to learn the alphabet will help him remember.
Learning through motion not only stimulates the brain but also improves focus! Having the flexibility to get up and touch each letter is, first and foremost, the way children learn best.
Now, when my preschooler writes letters in school, he also remembers that letters have lines and curves!
He remembers because we practiced by doing, rather than memorizing flashcards.
We moved! And by placing each letter of the alphabet to each category, we stimulated the brain to help it stick.
Let’s keep learning through movement: