“You might think this is an unusual Glockenspiel purchase but I actually got it to help my young niece learn to read. She is 8 but reading at a K-1 level.
I put letters on the Glockenspiel keys. Then I show her a short word written on a 3X5 card, ask her to read the word (with assistance as needed), turn the card over and ask her use the wooden mallet to spell out the word by hitting each "letter" key on the Glockenspiel. She likes the sound and action and I can keep her attention much longer than I can when I just give her a short story or list of words to read.”
This wonderful aunt is combining visual, auditory and kinesthetic activities to help her niece learn to read. Students can gain knowledge of colors, letters, math patterns and more with just a simple eight note glockenspiel xylophone.
You can give it a try! If you look at the words cat, hat and mat, you see they have the same three letter
When the word “met” is added to the mix, the student can compare “mat” and “met” by playing the keys on the instrument and discover that with these two words, the beginning and end sound the same, but the middle letter and note have a different sound.
Auditory input with the kinesthetic movement of the mallets can reinforce visual reading ability.
Learning to read can be very frustrating for some students, and the joy that comes from making music can be rewarding for both the child and the teacher.
How are you using your Upado Unlimited Glockenspiel Xylophone?