Posts Tagged "Games"

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 Games: ABC Cup Hunt

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ABC Games: ABC Cup Hunt

Activity for ages 3 to 6. Learning the alphabet takes practice and ABC games help make all of that work fun for kids. This easy cup hunt game is a simple and entertaining way to teach children how to recognize the alphabet. {It can easily be changed to work on sight words, numbers and math facts too!} ABC Game 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 the alphabet with your child, choose 5 letters and write each one on a...

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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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Learn Letter Sounds with ACTION!!

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Learn Letter Sounds with ACTION!!

Guest post by Susan of Kindergarten and Preschool for Parents and Teachers. Young children learn with hands-on exploration using their five senses and movement. Of course you want them to learn to read, but do their eyes glaze over when you try to interest them in flashcards? Children will enjoy learning letter sounds {phonics} through playful activities.   Reading is accomplished when a child understands to blend the sounds of the letters in a word. Many reading experts advocate teaching the sounds before letter names and teaching lower case letters before upper case because most print is...

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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. This fun, sight word game came from a conference for kindergarten teachers that I attended a few years ago in VERY hot Las Vegas, Nevada.  I walked away from the conference with a thick binder filled with wonderful ideas for teaching young children reading, writing and math.  When I took all of the new ideas back to my classroom, hands down, one of the children’s favorite activities was this surprisingly simple sight word game called “Showdown!!” It’s a fun way to help kids learn sight words. Sight Word Game Prep   To play this...

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ABC Games: Alphabet Ball

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ABC Games: Alphabet Ball

Activity for ages 2 to 5 With three kids who are 4 and under in our house, we play ABC games nearly every day. There are so many fun ways to practice letter names and sounds and Alphabet Ball is one of our favorites. It’s a low prep, active way to help kids practice the ABCs. ABC Game Prep   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 join me.  Since he isn’t ready to read sight words yet, I...

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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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The Labeling Game

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The Labeling Game

The Labeling Game is a short and sweet way to give your child practice reading, spelling and studying words. To play, you’ll need a stack of blank index cards, a marker and a roll of tape that won’t damage surfaces. (Blue painter’s tape is always my go-to if I’m uncertain about how sensitive a surface is.)   Invite your child to join you in the kitchen.  Explain that you are going to work together to make labels for everything (and I mean EVERYTHING!) that you see.  Each time your child names an object, write the word down on an index card and invite him to...

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