August is quickly approaching, and you know what that means: school time! We are in full prep mode for getting back into the school routine, which means that we’ll be practicing our letter recognition a little bit more daily. And you know what makes letter recognition fun? Snacks! (Goldfish® crackers to be exact.)
Every day when Colin is taking his second nap, Charlotte and I spend some quality one-on-one time together. It’s usually reading a book, eating a snack, or watching a favorite show. The other day I came up with a super fun, smile-worthy letter recognition activity that will be perfect for after-school once school is in session, too.
Since I have a teaching background, it’s been easy for me to pick out what type of learner Charlotte is, and I’ve realized that she is very much a kinesthetic learner, as are most young learners. Once figuring that out, I came up with a plan: help her learn the alphabets by using Goldfish® crackers to outline each letter of the alphabet. Charlotte ate it up! Literally.
By using Goldfish® crackers to trace the upper and lower-case letters, it allows her to see and create the shape of each letter with a manipulative, upping her chances to work the recognition into her long-term memory. She tells me what letter she’s working on as we spend time together, and after she’s done with a few, she eats the Goldfish® as her afternoon snack. It’s the perfect snack hack: learning while eating! She could have fun with this for hours if I let her, but it’s all up to you and your schedule.
I printed out each letter of the alphabet individually, with the upper and lower case letter on the same page. I poured some Goldfish® crackers into a bowl, and let her go to town. We will be practicing this any time we can. I can’t wait to reinforce the “letter of the day” when she’s back at school. When I get the time, I’m going to laminate the printouts, that way I’ll have them ready to go at all times. You could definitely do the same!
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And I don’t know about you, but Goldfish® crackers are my favorite go-to after-school snack (or anytime snack), a snack you can feel good about serving your kids. They’re always baked with real cheese and have no artificial flavors or preservatives. Goldfish always put a smile on Charlotte’s face, and I’m a sucker for anything that makes her happy, especially a snack that will hold her off until dinner. But learning and eating at the same time? Jackpot!
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