Fun Home School Language Arts Lesson for PreK to Kindergarten Home Schoolers
One of the first academic lessons children learn is the alphabet. This is true whether you home school or not. Of course, singing the alphabet song is a tried and true method of learning the alphabet that is effective and more importantly, FUN!
Another step we added was learning the alphabet in tandem with learning the ASL (American Sign Language) signs for it. Look for a video and a blog post discussing the importance of this soon.
But once the alphabet is learned the next step is recognizing the letters when they are seen which sets the stage for the home school student for reading.
Home school students need to learn both the upper and lower case letters. This will be easy for most 1st grade and above home schoolers but for Pre K and Kindergarten home school kids this is a great game that can be adapted based on their skill level.
Use the FREE downloadable flashcards found in the Free Home School Downloads section. You can choose from pre-colored ones or have your kids color them themselves however they want.
Lay the uppercase and lowercase letter flashcards face up on the floor in alphabetical order. Have the child say the letter as you point to it. This is the easiest step and once mastered you can move on to the next step.
You can do the same thing using the upper case letters only and then the lowercase letters. Make sure your home school student is comfortable identifying the letters in either the uppercase or lowercase form.
Then, you can lay the upper case letters face up and the lower case letters on the other side face up. Have your home school student pick an uppercase letter then match it to the lowercase letter. To make it interesting, change starting from upper to lower case.
When they have that mastered you can add another, more difficult element to the game and make it a memory matching game. Mix up the upper and lower case letters and arrange them face down on the floor. Have the home school student flip one card over then try to find the match. When a match is made it stays together otherwise both cards are returned and you try again.
This is a fun game even for older than PreK or Kindergarten home school families.
Look for more fun alphabet flashcard games coming soon to Homeschool Pool.