Little Sis is learning her letters. We have several packs of alphabet flashcards that people have given us, but going through flashcards is not her (or most kids’) idea of a fun time. I don’t think flashcard memorization is the best way to learn letters. However, I do like flashcards as a quick assessment tool.
I wanted to see which letters she knew, so I laid the flashcards down in a path for her to jump on. We started with them in alphabetical order so she could sing the ABCs. Then I made a new path with the letters out of order. To jump to the next card, she had to say the letter name. If she didn’t know it, I told her and then took the flashcard after she hopped to the next one. We finished with a path of letters that she knew, and a stack in my hand of letters that she needed to work on.
Other ideas to try:
- making the path a zig-zag line, circle, or different shape
- spreading the letters out to cover a whole level of your house…or even up the stairs!
- jumping, hopping, skipping, tiptoeing, walking backwards to the next letter
- building the path as you go (the kiddo says a letter and puts it on the floor to step on and builds her own path)