Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Outdoor Fun with Letters!

Letter awareness is knowing that the same letter can look different, that letters have names, and that letters are related to sounds. It is one of the early literacy skills that is important for children to have in order to learn to read. Did you know that the summer is an excellent time to work on this skill? There are lots of activities that you can do with your child to build this skill, and the ability to go outside and have some fun will help the process! The beginning stage of letter awareness is learning about shapes. While you are playing with toys or going on walks, point out shapes that you may see, like how a ball is a circle or a block is a square. This will eventually evolve into seeing the shapes within letters, and you can start working on the letter shapes themselves. Write out your child’s name in sidewalk chalk and have them trace it. Find objects outside, like pine cones or rocks, and talk about the first letter in the object’s name. Once your child recognizes the letter shapes, you can create fun games with letters, like this grab and pull letter load game, a pool noodle obstacle course, or a movement game! With the great weather during the summer, outside is the place to be and the place to have fun while learning!

Guest post by Sarah H. 

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