J is for jump

We recently introduced the letter J in our classroom.  To work on recognizing this new letter and its sound, we played this super simple and ridiculously fun game…

J is for jump by Teach Preschool

Our morning began as it usually does with our circle time routine.  Mr. Hayden led the children in our hello song, reviewed the weather, and then introduced our newest letter of the alphabet: J…

J is for jump by Teach Preschool

Mr. Hayden then invited the children to stop by sometime throughout the day to come up and circle a J on our alphabet chart…

J is for jump by Teach Preschool

After introducing a new letter, we like to reinforce the children’s understanding with a fun game or activity.  This activity that we threw together for the letter Jj couldn’t possibly be any simpler to put together.  Mr. Hayden wrote out all of the letters that we have highlighted during circletime up until this point, A-J, on sentence strips.  He added in several extra Jj cards…

J is for jump by Teach Preschool

Mr. Hayden asked all of the children to stand up to play this game.  The children watched as he held up one card at a time.  If the card had the letter Jj on it, the children were supposed to jump…

J is for jump by Teach Preschool

If the letter was not a Jj, the children were to stand still…

J is for jump by Teach Preschool

This was such a great way to practice letter recognition!  The children were practicing their large motor skills by jumping.  They were practicing  listening and attention skills and self-control to know when to start and stop jumping.  All the while learning their new letter Jj and reviewing all of their other letters…

J is for jump by Teach Preschool

To catch a sneak peak of our Jj is for jump game, please click on the video below…

Super simple and super fun!

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By |2014-01-16T07:00:37+00:00January 16th, 2014|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Scott January 16, 2014 at 7:38 am - Reply

    The video made me smile, Deborah. Such fun!

  2. [email protected] January 16, 2014 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Love the simplicity of this and of course love the gross motor skills added in to letter recognition. This could be done with all letters of the alphabet. You just need a movement for each letter. You can make up your own or we have a quick download that includes all the movement cards for letters A to Z. – https://yourtherapysource.com/actionalphabet.html.

  3. Veens @ Our Ordinary Life January 16, 2014 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    So FUN! I am sure Aarya would love this!

  4. Vicky @ Mess For Less January 16, 2014 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    What a fun way to burn some energy and learn at the same time!

  5. Sally Cole January 16, 2014 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    Wow, your class looks like so much fun. I’ve done a lot of letter sounds stuff with my kids. In fact, I learned a little “J says /j/” ditty from Wordy Word Reading that you could add to your game. Here is a YouTube video of me singing it to my daughter: https://youtu.be/Yw-H_5Gbsm0

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