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A kinestetic approach to reading skills (How to teach reading in a fun way)

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4 and 5-year-olds need to move around while they are learning.  This instructable shows how to create a super fun kinesthetic reading lesson.  By using physical gestures with letter cards, students will be able to be able to remember the sounds and names of all 26 letters.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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You will need the following:

marker

pencil

8 inch squares of construction paper  -- about 26


Step 2:

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Use the marker to write one upper case and one lower case letter on the square construction paper.  Go through the whole alphabet.

Step 3: Select the letters in your child's name from your alphabet

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It's best to start with the letters in a child's name.  If your child has more than one specific letter, then make a second letter card.  It's important to start with only a few cards--around 5-6 cards.  Introduce new cards every week.  Try to focus on high utility letters that are used more often--Letters like s, t, m, c, a, e, f and g.

Step 4: Create a movement for each letter in child's name

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Now that you have picked the letters you want to use, sit down and talk to your child.  Remember, only start with 5-6 letters.  Show the letter cards that you selected to your child.  Talk about the names of the letters first.  Then talk about the sounds these letters make.  Help your child decide what gesture/movement should go with what letter.  This works best if the child comes up with the gestures themselves.

For example, the 'b' card could stand for bounce.  Have the child pretend to bounce an invisible ball.  Write the new gesture on the back of the card with a pencil, so you can remember the gesture later.

Here are some ideas my students have come up with:

elephant for 'e'--make a trunk out of your arm and swing it back and forth

rabbit for 'r'--make rabbit ears

hop for 'h'--jump in one spot

sit for 's' -- sit down

say "mmmmm"  for 'm'--rub your belly as if you have eaten something yummy

touch for 't'--touch your fingers together

wilgubeast2 years ago
Nice! This is totally awesome.