I work with a big group of kinesthetic learners. These kids need to move in order to learn best. On today’s post I am going to share with you a really fun movement game that will give your kids a chance to use their entire body while learning. Here is how you play the Letter Sound Jump, a really fun Orton-Gillingham game.
- Construction Paper
- Black Marker
How to Make It
Depending on how big you want to make the game, you might need to make 2 or even 3 sets of letter squares. Using only lowercase letters, write the letter or letters that you want to work with on each sheet of paper with a black marker. I always use lowercase letters so that I don’t confuse the kids.
How to Play It
You will lay out the letter squares like a big giant game board. You can make any design you want, and best is to change it up from time to time to keep it fresh. Have your child stand at the very front of the game. The child will roll the dice. They then jump on each square. Once they have moved the number of spaces they rolled, they should name the letter aloud and tell you the sound that it makes. So for example, if I roll a 3, I will jump on 3 spaces. On the third space I will name the letter and the sound aloud. You can make a beginning start line and an end finish line. Whoever gets to the end finish line first wins. This game can be played after each reinforcement lesson as a practice game or also as a reward.
I really like playing this game because it is such a simple yet fun game. You can play this game with your younger learners by practicing beginning letter and sound recognition.
Or….. you can also play this Orton-Gillingham game with your kids that are in the higher O-G levels by making them jump on letter teams (ea, ie, ou, ph, kn, etc.).
I like to use this particular game when I finish an Orton-Gillingham level. It gives my students a chance to review everything that they mastered in a level. You can also use it as an assessment tool- to check out what your students already know and what they still need to learn.
If you enjoyed reading my post today, you might also enjoy reading Games for the Orton-Gillingham Tutor.
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Karina Richland, M.A., is the author of the PRIDE Reading Program, a multisensory Orton-Gillingham reading, writing and comprehension curriculum that is available worldwide for parents, tutors, teachers and homeschoolers of struggling readers. Karina has an extensive background in working with students of all ages and various learning modalities. She has spent many years researching learning differences and differentiated teaching practices. You can reach her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.pridereadingprogram.com