Want to know how you can teach writing without ever having a child pick up a pencil? Want to target kindergarten readiness skills without those dull worksheets? Check this out!
We’re so excited to have Laurie Gombash here today to share her awesome new book, The ABC’s of Active Learning©, with all of you! Laurie is an experienced and talented physical therapist and the brains behind The ABC’s of Movement, Pushing into the Classroom: Practical Strategies for Pediatric Therapists, and Creative Pediatric Treatment Strategies Based on the Evidence, among many other trainings and workshops!
The ABC’s of Active Learning©
The ABC’s of Active Learning© offers readers tons of multi sensory literacy activities based on each alphabet letter. Exploring educational concepts though movement and multiple senses gives children opportunities to learn in ways they understand.
The alphabet activities from A to Z are a collection of activities that can be used with children of all abilities. Each of the twenty six ABC’s of Movement alphabet letters is accompanied by suggestions for pre-literacy activities, a story, a fine motor craft, sensory activities for building, tracing, and writing the alphabet letters, skywriting instructions, sensory activities for taste and smell, and a gross motor game.
For example, for the letter A, There’s an Alligator Under My Bed by Mercer Mayer is the suggested read. Children can make Alligator Hand Prints by using washable green paint to use the shape of their hands to mimic an alligator’s open mouth.
They can also taste and smell apples and take a nature walk and look for acorns and ants.
Lastly, they can experience balloon play with alligators. After inflating green balloons, use a marker and draw alligators on green balloons. Learning outcomes from alligator balloon play include eye-hand coordination, balance, and motor planning.
All activities are designed to be fun and motivating, while simultaneously providing rich multisensory input, improving motor development and learning.
The goal is to have teachers, parents, and therapists ask themselves…
“How can I teach literacy concepts to the whole child?”
“How can I teach writing without having children pick up a pencil?”
“How can I teach kindergarten readiness skills without using worksheets?”
With The ABC’s of Active Learning, my hope is that all of these questions will be answered!
This book can stand alone or be a supplement to The ABC’s of Movement® activity cards. The book download and activity cards can be found at www.ABCsofMovement.com and the book is offered at Amazon Books.