I am a tactile learner and realized that my kiddos might be that way too! So when I was planning on teaching my kiddos letters/sounds, I created ACTIONS for each letter to help us remind our brains what SOUND that letter makes.
A – Take a big bite out of an Apple (REALLY making a BIG bite – mouth WIDE open!)
B – Bounce a BasketBall (I really emphasize the B sounds!! lol)
C – Hold up a camera and “Click” it!
D – Hold up your Dinosaur claws and Dig
E – I make my hand make an L, place it under my mouth so that the finger & thumb are pressing my face up into a smile and say /e/ (this one is more about how the face FEELS when it says the sound – this is a REALLY tricky sound for kiddos when they start to sound out words – so make sure they are concentrating on how their face FEELS when they make the sound!!!!)
F – Use your Face as a Fan and rotate
G – Put your hand on your throat… say the sound… /g/ – this sound always makes me Giggle when I FEEL it!
H – Pretend you just ate something super Hot!! Wave in front of your mouth while you say the sound!
I – Itch your Itchy nose! Really make it exaggerated when you scrunch up your nose to Itch It!!
J – Jump an invisible Jump rope!
K – (same as the C sound) Hold up a camera and “Click” it!
L – Hold a Lollipop and Lick it!
M – Pretend you just ate something so yuMMy – rub your tuMMy!!
N – Grit your teeth together – make a Nasty face and say /n/ (I always say, thats not a nasty face, show me a NASTY face… then I usually get the exaggerated /n/ face that you want!)
O – When you go to the doctor and they tell you to Open your mouth and say… /o/
P – Pop bubbles with your finger – *PoP*
Q – Put a crown on top of your head (use your hands to “make” a crown) as a Queen
R – Rev your motorcycle – hold onto the handlebars & Rotate them!
S – Slither your hand like it is a Snake
T – Tap a Tamborine on your hip
U – (This one is always a “fan favorite” lol) I usually ask… what sound do you make if someone hits you in the tUmmy…?? That’s our motion – PRETEND to hit yourself in the tUmmy – uhhhhh – lol!
V – Vroom around in your Van – hold onto the steering wheel and Vroom your Van!
W – Make a W with each hand (like the number 3) then we make the word WoW using our mouth – I show them that’s how we make the word WOW – I also show them we can say WOW MOM (by flipping our W upside down.. the kids get a KICK out of being able to spell that with their fingers/mouth!)
X – We cross our arms in front of ourselves making an X – and say /x/
Y – Play with a YoYo – making it go up and down
Z – Zip up your Zipper!
If you have any questions or suggests on other moves you use, leave a comment below!! Thanks!