Adelyn and I came up with a way to learn alphabet sounds while using all of our sensory systems. Kids practicing this way get to be active and moving while learning letter recognition and sounds. Quite honestly, it was more fun for me as the teacher as well! When I wasn't taking pictures and videoing, I joined in with her which she loved.
I think, the best way to do this, especially if the child is still a beginner in recognizing the letters, is to try it following these steps.
- Sing the alphabet song SLOWLY (most recordings go much to fast for little ones processing the new information) while having your child hop on each letter you call out.
- When you pause or the music stops, have them tell you what letter it is and what sound it makes.
- If the child is having trouble ith a sound, I like to sing the song on the Leap Frog alphabet products. We have it on our Fridge Phonics.
To the tune of The Farmer in the Dell
A says ahhhh
A says ahhhh
A for _________, ah ah ah.
In our video below, I did not sing the alphabet song as she hopped around the circle, nor did we listen to it. We just picked some fun dancing music for her to hop around to. I paused the music on random letters and she told me what letter it was and what sound it made.
Making learning fun!