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What’s on the back?

The main thing that sets The ABC’s of Movement® activity cards apart from all other early childhood activity or flashcards on the market is what’s on the back of each card. The back of the alphabet cards have directions for the adult who is helping to facilitate early literacy. For example, on the back of the letter “Aa” card, we first see phonological awareness instructions; say, “/ă/, /ă/, /ă/, A”.  Phonological awareness encompasses a number of sound-related skills necessary for a child to develop into a reader. There is also a rhyming sentence and an alliteration sentence. Rhyme play directs children’s attention to the similarities and differences in the sounds of words (e.g. march like an alligator to the waiter and do it sooner, not later). Alliteration sentences have the same first consonant sounds; drawing children’s attention to alliteration is a great way to introduce phonemes (small units of speech sounds that make up words). An example of an alliteration sentence is:  Angry alligators march in the alley. Next, we lead the child with skywriting the letter “A.” Skywriting involves writing letters in the air using the muscles of the upper arm and shoulder in a full arm swing and is excellent for kinesthetic learners. There are also performance instructions:  Challenge children to form an alligator’s mouth by holding their arms straight out and march forward while opening and closing their “mouths.” There are modifications for children with special needs and what motor component each card addresses. For example, alligator marching is a great activity for bilateral coordination. These activity cards support any existing literacy program you are already using. They engage the whole child by connecting movement with early literacy experiences.

 

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