Working as a speech language pathologist in the public school system you learn firsthand how important learning letter names and sounds are for successful reading, writing, and spelling. Research has shown that when you add another element into learning (sound, touch, etc) students have more success. Over the last few years I have been incorporating gestures into my therapy sessions when working on letter sounds. Last school year, I did a research project that targeted using to teach letter names and sounds, and it proved to really work! I now use these gestures all the time. They are great to use when singing songs too! The original list of gestures was created by a kindergarten teacher at my school. The gestures in the link at the bottom of this post is a combination of her gestures and mine.
Here is a link to print a PDF copy of the gestures: Gestures ABC
Kristin Cummings is a speech language pathologist practicing in St. Petersburg, FL. She attended The University of Central Florida and The University of South Florida. Kristin is the author of the [simply speech.] blog at kcummingsslp.blogspot.com. You can contact Kristin via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook.