As my children have been learning over the years and are now in school, there is one important word that stands out to me…Repetition! Repetition is practice and a lot of the homework being sent home is just that. The more they practice, the easier it gets. Can you tell this is my new speech for my 2nd grader on why he has to read and write every night?
My new Kindergartner L.O.V.E.S. any excuse to practice. She enjoys the repetition and since she does not yet have homework like her brother, I have come up with a few ways for her to practice what she knows while her brother works on his homework. One that she has enjoyed that was inspired by some art she brought home from school is this Needle Letter Fun Activity. Even my 7 year old wanted to get in on the fun!
What You Need:
- Print out of alphabet letters
- Colored sheet of paper (card stock, construction paper, etc)
- Needle – knitting needle works well for younger children
- Carpeted area for them work on
Step 1: Print out a sheet of alphabet letters. The Rusty and Rosy software has a worksheet or you can quickly find one by searching “alphabet letters” on google.
Step 2: Place the printout on top of the colored sheet, lining the corners up together. Staple the top 2 corners so the two sheets are attached together, but the bottom can be lifted up to look underneath.
Step 3: Place the paper on the carpeted floor. Use the needle to poke holes in the paper following the outline of each letter. We discovered that a knitting needle was easier for her to hold and we did not have to worry about losing a small needle. Also, by placing the paper on the carpet it will allow the poking easier and will not put any dents on the table.
Step 4: When ready, lift the top sheet and place the back sheet towards a light (window, ceiling light, computer screen etc.) and enjoy the view. This is the part that my daughter loves the most!
This is a simple activity, but it makes basic letter practice exciting for my children. If you want to increase the difficulty, below are a few ideas of advanced activities you can add.
- Ask your child the name of each letter they are working on
- Practice the sounds of each letter they are working on
- Ask your child for words that start with the letter they are working on