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In 2001, Gallup conducted a poll which revealed that more Americans were afraid of snakes than they were of public speaking. Though the times have changed, you’ll typically still see snakes and reptiles near the tops of these lists. However, newer research is showing us that if you put one in the classroom, a very different story will be told.
It is a well documented fact that children learn better with information is provided across more than one of their senses (touch, taste, vision, hearing, balance). There are many inexpensive multi-sensory experiences you can use at home to work on learning to write letters and/or learning to spell.
Put some shaving cream on a cooking sheet with raised sides. Let the child “write” a letter with their finger, then “erase” with their hand and start over. If you have a child that still puts fingers in their mouth, this may be better done with something edible like whipped cream or pudding.
Practice making letters with pipe cleaners or “wiki-stix”. These bendable items are perfect for early letter making.
Practicing writing letters outside on a driveway or sidewalk with wide “sidewalk chalk” is a great multisensory experience.
Fill a small bucket with water and get a large paintbrush. Let your child “paint” letters on a driveway, sidewalk, or even the side of a building.
Get a set of letter stencils and cut letters out of coarse sandpaper. Let your child trace their finger over these letters to help learn their shapes.