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Follow these simple steps to learn about Brain Highways Alphabet.
Step 1. Read how Brain Highways Alphabet differs from other programs.
Kids engage in both movement and creative thinking as they participate in activities such as, Life Saver Letters, Letter Diving, Devoured Letters, Stretched Letters, Old MacDonald Had Letters, Top-to-Bottom Alarm, Letter Wipe-out, and Poisoned Letters.
Tapping into more than just the five, traditional senses, we also include movements from two, often less-known sensory systems, the vestibular and proprioceptive senses. These kinds of sensory stimuli are important since such movements help to keep the brain focused and alert while learning.
Step 2. Read how Brain Highways Alphabet also teaches you about the brain.
Brain Highways Alphabet activities reflect research on the most efficient ways to store information in long-term memory. That way, kids can register and file the names of letters and how to write them in ways that are easy to retrieve. Efficient storage always precedes effective retrieval.
So, to understand how each letter is registered or filed in a specific activity, Brain Highways Alphabet includes a “How and Why It Works” section. This part also explains how that activity keeps kids engaged.
Each activity also includes a Brain Enhancement section. Here, there is an explanation of the brain-processing skill or sensory system that is specifically enriched, stimulated, or challenged in that activity.
Step 3. Watch four, short clips of Brain Highways Alphabet activities.
Since each of these clips were originally posted on our Instagram stories, they were filmed spontaneously (rather than trying to make a formal video). But since these short clips quickly convey how fun and easy Brain Highways Alphabet can be, we have also included those original clips on this page.
To note, the short Instagram clips (below) were filmed while everyone was sheltering in place at the start of Covid-19. So, while the only available child was a two-year-old, this curriculum was created for kids 4-6 (and older, if they struggle with writing letters).
Stand behind whatever your child will dive onto, such couch cushions moved to the floor. Hold up a large piece of paper with a letter written on it. Identify the letter’s name, and then tell your child to keep repeating that letter as he runs and dives.
The Buzzer Letter
Create five cards, each with a letter on it. Show your child each card as you say that letter name aloud. Ask your child to choose the “buzzer letter” for that round. Then, turn over the cards and challenge your child NOT to pick the buzzer letter. If the buzzer letter IS revealed, your child quickly presses on his head and says, “B-U-Z-Z!”
To draw your child’s brain’s attention to different reference points used to write letters, create four cards—one with a curved line, one with a horizontal line, one with a vertical line, and one with a diagonal line. Identify each card and then turn them over. Ask your child to choose a card and then find objects in the environment that reflect that reference point.
Have your child use toothpicks to imprint letters in playdough.