We love fall leaf crafts! Anything that combines a dash of the outdoors, a splash of colourful printing and a bit of playful learning is all good with us. We’re going to be using this autumn word tree for lots of different word games over the coming weeks – here’s how to make one.
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…]
How many planets are there? Why does mummy like peas but I don’t? Why is fire sometimes blue? Why can’t we breathe in space?
Children ask so many interesting questions – thirsty for knowledge and full of wondering. Often though, we don’t get the chance to answer their questions: if we’re in the middle of an activity, about to head out somewhere, or because we simply don’t know the answer ourselves. It is such a shame to lose those questions, ignore that interest and possibly switch of children’s curiosity. So, here’s our solution: make a Wonder Wall!
How to make a Wonder Wall [Read more…]
Welcome to our online tween book club! If you have children aged 8-ish to 12-ish, join us and read along with our book choices each month.
Here you’ll find ideas for how to set up a book club for children, and a tween reading list. I have a year of suggestions for great books for a children’s book club and I’ll be sharing discussion prompts and additional resources each month, so sign-up for updates in the box below.
Join the NurtureStore online book club for tweens
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.
Discovery baskets are a wonderful way to provide your baby or toddler with a variety of interesting materials to explore and talk about. Here are some favourite ideas for how to use discovery baskets for sensory play and language activities.
Discovery baskets for baby and toddler
Stepping away from paper and pencil can be a great way to spark enthusiastic, creative writing for kids. Here’s how we use puppets and peg dolls to get some stories started.