Posts Tagged "Games"

The Reading Speedometer

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The Reading Speedometer

Once children read sight words for the first time, they must practice and practice and practice some more before they can recognize them in a snap.  The same is true when kids learn the letters of the alphabet.  Unfortunately, looking at the same thing over and over again can be just… plain… boring so I love this motivating twist on fluency practice.   To start, print the free Reading Speedometer from the right hand column. Then, depending on what your child is working on, grab a pack of alphabet OR sight word flashcards.   Invite your child to join you. Show her the...

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Sight Word Game: Roll an Alien

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Sight Word Game: Roll an Alien

Activity for ages 4 to 7.   My kindergarteners L-O-V-E-D the nail biting dice game called Beetle so it was an obvious source of inspiration for creating an addictively fun sight word activity. My stomach turns at the mere mention of a beetle, so I decided to name the game “Roll a Sight Word Alien” instead.   To Prep   I gathered my supplies: Several blank sheets of white paper. A couple of markers. A die or wooden cube. A printout of the Sight Word Alien Game Sheet in the right hand column. Blank circle labels.   This time, I wanted my son to practice...

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Sight Word Soccer

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Sight Word Soccer

Ask a young child what his favorite part of the school day is and he is likely to say, “recess” so this sight word game is inspired by a  popular playground activity: soccer. It’s addictively fun and sneakily educational.       Supplies:   Soccer printable (available in the righthand column). Scissors. Bottle tops. Glue stick.   To Prep:   After printing out the soccer pages (available in the righthand column) cut out the circle sight words.     Use your glue stick to attach one sight word to the top of each bottle cap. This one is...

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ABC or Sight Word Cup Hunt

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ABC or Sight Word Cup Hunt

Activity for ages 3 to 6. Memorizing sight words takes practice. Lots and lots of practice. That’s why I love creating games that will make all of that work fun for kids. Sight Word Cup Hunt is an easy and entertaining way to teach children common words and it can easily be changed to work on alphabet letters too.   To Prep   To set up the game, you’ll need to gather a few supplies: 5 cups, 5 mailing labels, A marker, Something to hide {small balls, marbles, pom poms, etc.}   If you’re working on sight words with your child, write one word on each label....

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Engaging Reading : Act It Out

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Engaging Reading : Act It Out

Guest post by Suz at Lovely Little Bookworms.   The next blogger in our guest series is Suz, the writer behind Lovely Little Bookworms. This former elementary school teacher is passionate about reading and it shows.  Her posts share simple ways that you can help your children become lifelong readers. I love them all!  Her guest post shares an easy way to help little ones connect with stories: encourage them to act it out. Enjoy.   I have been thinking a lot lately about what really makes kids love reading from an early age and to me it is all about them seeing books as fun and...

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Promote Early Literacy with ACTION!!

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Promote Early Literacy with ACTION!!

Guest post by Susan Case of Kindergarten and Preschool for Parents and Teachers.   Today, I’m excited to introduce you to Susan Case, a former Special Education and Kindergarten teacher. To say that she is a wealth of knowledge would be an understatement. Her blog shares everything from tips on being a perfect kindergarten parent to help deciding when to enroll your child in kindergarten.  This guest post is a brilliant roundup of activities you can use to help your child learn a critical pre-reading skill: letter sounds.  You’ll definitely want to pin it so that you can...

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Sight Words for Beginners

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Sight Words for Beginners

Once your child learns the sounds letters make, it can be hard to know what to do next. One solution? Begin introducing her to sight words.  Memorizing the most popular words in English will make the biggest impact in her reading.  She will be able to immediately recognize words she has learned when she is reading books, magazines, letters and more.     To get started, it’s helpful to see what words your child already knows. Print the Sight Word Checklist in the right hand column.  Give your child the list of words on Page 2 and ask her to read them out loud to you. As...

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Sight Word Game: Showdown!!

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Sight Word Game: Showdown!!

Activity for ages 4 to 7. Several years ago, I spent several VERY hot summer days in Las Vegas, Nevada attending a conference for kindergarten teachers. I walked away with a thick binder filled with wonderful ideas for teaching young children reading, writing and math. When the school year started a little while later, I jumped in and tried my favorite ideas out on my new class of five-year-olds. Hands down, one of their favorite activities was a surprisingly simple activity called “Showdown!!” It’s a fun way to help kids learn sight words.   To Prep   To play, I...

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Alphabet Ball

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Alphabet Ball

I confess: I have a bad habit.  I fall in love with early literacy activities on Pinterest, pin them to my bulletin boards, add them to my VERY long to-do list and then NEVER find the time to actually try them.  So… I decided I was overdue to start experimenting. Project number one: Sight Word Beach Ball from Quirky Momma’s Kids Activity Blog.     To start, I gathered my supplies: a $1.00 beach ball I purchased from Target and a Sharpie. This project was already looking like a good first pick!  I only needed TWO supplies.   Then I invited my 2.5 year old, C, to...

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Alphabet Olympics

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Alphabet Olympics

For as long as I can remember, I’ve eagerly anticipated the Summer Olympics.  This year is no exception. Every time I see a television ad pop up on the screen, I can’t help but feel a little excited. In fact, that’s the inspiration behind “Alphabet Olympics” – an active, motivating way to help your child memorize the letter sounds. The chant you’ll teach him incorporates sight, sound and movement.  Using different parts of his brain at the same time will accelerate his learning.   To start, print a copy of the “Alphabet Olympics”...

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