My son started showing an interest in letters at a very young age. While he was interested I wanted to jump at the opportunity to teach him his letters and sounds as they are the foundation of learning. Once he had mastered recognizing all of his letters, I knew we were ready to move on to learning the sounds. When it came to learning his sounds I used kinesthetic motions to go along with each sound. I used these motions to help teach my Kindergarten kiddos, so I knew that they were tried and true.
A kinesthetic learner is also known as a tactile learner, a hands-on learner or a do-er. Most young children learn best while “doing”. When you put a motion with each sound they have something tangible to go with the sound of the letter and the visual of the letter.
When your child gets stumped on a letter sound you can use the kinesthetic motion (without saying the sound) as a clue to help them jog their memory as to what the sound is.
Make these movements while saying the letter sounds.
A – Cry like a baby
B – Bouncing a ball
C – Snip fingers like you are cutting
D – Digging dirt
E – Hand by ear like can’t hear
F – Fish fins near face
G – Motion like drinking from a cup (gulping)
H – Feel breath on hand
I – itching
J – Jump up
K – Kick
L – Lick a lollipop
M – Rub tummy (yummmy)
N – Point pointer like you are saying “No”
O – Opera voice with hand clasped like an Opera Singer
P – Push outwards with hands
Q – Hand makes quacking motion
R – Pirate noise similar to “argh” with pointer finger in a hook
S – Move hands like snake
T – 1 finger moves back and forth like Tick-Tock
U – Punch (lightly) in the stomach
V – Vroom Vroom on a motorcycle
W – Wiggle 3 fingers
X – Opening a coke can
Y – Scrunch nose and make a “yucky” face
Z – Move hand like zipping a jacket