Kinesthetic learning is learning that takes place when a student carries out physical activities. This type of learning is a great fit for boys because their cerebral cortex is defined for spatial relationships, which means they learn best through movement and visual experience.
During my experience teaching boys, I’ve quickly realized that lecturing and writing sentences on the white board was not going to maximize their learning potential. They either zoned out or starting fidgeting and playing with the nearest object. So, in an effort to incorporate kinesthetic learning into our homeschool classroom, I’ve come up with a fun activity to help foster a love for reading. They loved it! I’m sure girls will love it, too!
The Alphabet Mat Word Family Game
Things you’ll need:
1. Alphabet puzzle mat (you may need more than one puzzle if you plan to practice double vowel phonograms like “eed”).
2. 37 Index cards
3. Clear packaging tape/ Laminator
4. Elmer’s glue
Let’s get started!
*Note: Your students may love to help with these steps!
Step 1. Download and print this 37 common phonograms list.
Step 2. Using scissors, cut out all 37 phonograms.
Step 3. Count out 37 index cards and use Elmer’s glue to paste the phonograms on the middle of each card.
Step 4. “Laminate” the index cards the inexpensive way—using clear packaging tape (or a laminator if you have one!). (This step is optional. When index cards are laminated, the student can write on them with a dry-erase marker and wipe them off).
How to play the game