Quick to set up, lots of fun to play: try these pumpkin games for some seasonal maths and literacy practise.
Rainbow writing to learn spellings [Read more…]
I Can Teach My Child To Read is a comprehensive and wonderful resource that will help you nurture your child’s skills and enjoyment of reading. It contains a 10-step program, that will give you the knowledge and confidence to teach your child to read, along with practical tips and fun activities to use together.
The book is written by Jenae Jacobson, who holds a Master’s Degree in Education, and draws on her many years of experience as a classroom teacher. She has turned her passion and skills into an inspiring and practical book that any parent can pick up and begin to use with their own child straightaway.
Whether your child is at school or learning at home, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. This book will give you the knowledge, skills, and confidence to teach your child to read. It’s packed full of practical tips, and ideas for fun, engaging activities, and it will support you to successfully nurture your child’s abilities.
How do you help your children learn spellings? Here’s a multi-sensory idea to try: we’re making cinnamon and ginger scented salt and using it with our autumn leaf word tree, for learning that looks, smells and feels great!
When I think back to the ways I learnt how to spell as a child, there was no fun or creative play involved. We got list of ten words every week, we copied them, we copied them, we copied them again, and then we had a test on a Friday to see how well we could remember them. We also had to put our hands up to show the whole class our scores, so if you hadn’t remembered that many it was pretty miserable.
But learning how to spell doesn’t have to be like that. Here are ten ways we learn spellings in our house – with lots of creativity and fun and jumping around involved.
There are lots of different ways that children learn and these spelling activities cover a range of preferred learning styles: visual/spacial, auditory, kinesthetic… If your child has a very strong learning preference trying out these ideas might help you discover a way that’s just right for them (it’s helped enormously in our house). In any case, all children can benefit from learning through a variety of ways, using all their senses, mixing things up a little so it doesn’t get boring, and maybe even enjoying learning how to spell.
The activities may take a few minutes longer to set up then just grabbing a pencil and paper but we’ve found they are a whole lot more fun – and effective – than just copying out the words.
How to spell: top 10 tricks [Read more…]
100 kids literacy and language activities
Our approach to literacy and language activities is through play-based, multi-sensory learning.
While children are having fun and thinking creatively, they are learning about spelling, reading, writing and language development.
Below you will find our index of language arts, organised into topics, themes and seasons. Click through on the links to find ‘hands-on, brain-on’ activities that focus on the fun of learning.