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Enhance Your Literacy Learning Curriculum.

Literacy learning materials designed to work in harmony with any early education curriculum (birth to age eight).

Bob-a-loo offers activity pages designed to promote active kids, using the appeal of animals to encourage learning.

Research demonstrates that children retain information better when they move.

We use animals to help demonstrate ideas

Natural Love

Humans have a natural affinity for animals that is evident very early in life.

Reduce Fear

When used to introduce movement and learning, animals help reduce competition and fear of failure; there is no perfect move to master–no wrong way to “hop” like a rabbit. Everyone can succeed at their own level, feeling a sense of accomplishment.

Motivation

Children naturally gravitate toward animals and are motivated to learn and imitate the sounds and moves they make.

Additional Benefits

While imitating animal actions children experience cross-lateral movement, which helps them cross the body’s midline and activates both hemispheres of the brain. These movements involve both eyes, ears, hands, and feet, as well as core muscles on both sides of the body, causing activation of both hemispheres and all four lobes of the brain. This means cognitive functioning is heightened.

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Inspiration

We have Literacy Learning Inspiration web pages for each letter. There you will find links to suggested videos, and suggestions for how to best utilize the teaching tools.

Pages

All of the teaching tool pages are available on Google Drive, and free to download. Everything can be printed in black and white for cost savings, or in color. There are posters we recommend getting laminated for durability and repeated use. 

There is an option to print out the pages for either one letter, or the entire alphabet. It is recommended that the pages be stored in a binder.  Print out all the activity pages one letter at a time so that it is easy to make copies for the children.  Store those in a folder.

As an alternative to printing on your own, you may choose to order the three literacy learning sections from the website. They are in color and posters are laminated.

Once you have your pages, it’s time to get organized.

 

  1. Start with Letter A. 
  2. Introduce the Moving Through the Alphabet poster and the companion I Can page. Explain that as children learn letters, they will also learn animals and an animal move to go with every letter. We’ll keep adding letters and movements as we go through the alphabet. With 26 letters, you’ll have 26 moves. This is a great way to start the day and move through the alphabet.
  3. Watch an Alfie video to begin letter recognition. Introduce Alfie as the “wordy birdy” that helps us learn letters and words.
  4. Start with the Alfie letter page. 

Videos

All Alfie and the Learning Letter Tree, as well as our Adventure videos are available on our YouTube channel. The Literacy Learning Inspiration web pages include links to the corresponding letter video, and suggested brain break videos.

Understanding Sections

If your busy learners are at the beginning of letter recognition you may choose to start with Section 1: See, Say and Move. If they are more advanced, you may choose to start with Section 2 or 3.

Section 1

Letters Recognition

Section 2

Phonics

Section 3

Site Words 

See, Say & Move 

Do & Go Sound Search

Read & Romp

The first section is an introduction to letters. It is called See, Say and Move.

See the letter. Say the letter. Say the animal and do the Animal Move.

There are several activity pages for each letter to mix and match throughout the week to bolster early educational curriculum.

You may choose to add some of the songs and phonics pages in Section 2 and 3. They are designed to be used together as children progress.

This section involves “doing” an activity and “going” outside to explore whenever possible, while practicing the letter sound. This is the introduction to phonics.

This section is an introduction to site words. It involves reading stories, introducing more phonics activities, letter combinations like “Ch” and site words. 

Read a sentence or a complete story and romp (play energetically) along.