Kindergarten Ready: Learning Letters

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by Paula Solis Krock

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! (Random House, 1978)

For a preschooler, learning your letters is a big deal. It is the foundation to learning to read, which can lead us on great adventures, wild rides and open future doors to education.

To keep your child interested while learning consider these fun learning techniques:

  • First of all, focus on the FUN! Preschoolers are all about the party; Put down the pencil and flashcards, and play, play, play!
  • Allow your child to feel the letter shapes by making them out of different elements: draw them in sand, form them with dry rice, use sticks, rocks, flowers for letter shapes.
  • For tasting letters, try this idea of cutting shapes with cookie cutters and spelling different words—works great with watermelon and cantaloupe! Pudding or whip cream is also a great way to write letters out on a cookie sheet—but be sure to lick those fingers!Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 5.44.22 PM
  • Teach your child the sounds of letters by helping them to look into a mirror when they say the sound to see the shape of their mouth. Don’t forget the silly faces too!
  • Help your child feel the air exiting as they say the sounds of some shapes. Have them hold their hand in front of their mouth and feel the sound, such as the sound of the letter F or H. Try overemphasizing children’s song lyrics to keep their interest.
  • Look for Environmental print. These are words that are out and about while you are shopping, or stopped at a stop light or walking down the sidewalk. Make it a scavenger hunt. “Let’s find the letter A as we walk to the park!”
  • Read! Read! Read! Go to your local library and find books that are new and interesting regularly. Once a week go on a “Library picnic” where you take your new books to a park and read together.

These techniques are just a few FUN ideas, which will get your child kindergarten ready, while they are having fun while they are learning!

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Paula is an Early Childhood Education professor, a mother, hiker, and embracer of messy art and messy children. A passionate mama who believes in garden therapy, boredom-fueled creativity and comedic-parenting.

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