"See" the Alphabet with Your Body!
The alphabet may seem like easy pickings to us adults, but for kids, learning the alphabet in kindergarten can be daunting. We’re not, of course, just talking just about chanting the alphabet—many kids can do that long before kindergarten starts—but about understanding it letter by letter.
By the end of kindergarten, teachers hope that each child can write every letter and recognize the letter sounds in the alphabet. But it's not always easy. If your child struggles with this, take heart—you're not alone! If flashcards and other visual practices seem to be wearing thin, try something new through "kinesthetic", or whole body, learning.
Kinesthetic learning is the idea that learning is done best by doing, and in this activity, your child can learn the alphabet and practice letter-writing by 'doing' movement and art.
When you're done with this activity, not only will you have a beautiful piece of modern art from your child, you'll have one more way for her to successfully master the alphabet.
What You Need:
- Large sheet of newsprint, mounted on an easel or taped to a wall.
- Tempera paint in three bright colors
- Three brushes, one for each color of paint