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It is often a difficult and confusing experience for kindergartners when it comes time to learn the uppercase and lowercase forms of letters.The length and complexity of the alphabet can make this task very difficult for children to remember and understand. When it comes time for learning the alphabet, there are three fun homeschooling activities that can be used to help clarify the uppercase and lowercase forms for young children. The fun activities to be used include the Tall or Small Game, the Noodle Letter Craft, and the Memory Matching Game.
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Tall or Small Game
The Tall or Small game is a great way for kindergartners to have fun while learning about uppercase and lowercase letters. For this activity, you will need index cards and a marker. Each index card needs to be cut in half to make squares. Write one letter of the alphabet per card in the uppercase form. Repeat this for the lowercase form of the letters as well.
To play this game, shuffle the alphabet cards. The idea of the game is to pick a card, and depending on whether the letter chosen is uppercase or lowercase, you child will stand up or sit down. If the letter is uppercase, the child should make their self tall and stand up, but if the letter chosen is lowercase, then the child should become small and sit down. This activity is a fun way for children to learn letter recognition and the forms of letters.
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The Noodle Craft is a fun and creative way for children to learn the alphabet forms. For this activity, you need a bowl of cooked spaghetti noodles. While the noodles are still moist, have your child form different letters of the alphabet. You and your child can have fun making different letters with the noodles.
After your child has made their letters, allow the noodles to dry. Then, using a sheet of paper and tape or glue, carefully tape the noodles to the paper for the child to hang the letters they have learned on the wall.
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Children can play the Memory Game using the same alphabet cards created for the Tall or Small game. Place all the cards spread out on a table face down. The object of the game is for the child to pick two cards per turn to try to match each letter in the uppercase and lowercase form until all the letters have been correctly matched.
I hope these activities worked out well for you and your child. Do you have any additional teaching tips to share?
- Ready, Set, Preschool! Learning Horizons 2007
- Everything for Early Learning Horizons 2007