Today Blueberry Ball had fun with more of the same: we did addition practice and we did sight word spelling and recognition.
I had three activities set up at the coffee table this morning to peak his interest. The first one that caught his eye was (of course the car one) the “sight word parking lot”. Juggling With Kids gave me this great idea.
I simply took a large sheet of paper and drew lines on it to create “parking spaces”. Then, I added a sight word to each of the six spaces. This was an awesome activity for him. We will be doing this again when he learns a few more words. Great review!
(Sorry, I didn’t take the pic til after he was done playing and it was all crinkly.)
There were no rules to this game except that each time he rolled over a parking space with the car, he had to read it. He spent a good thirty minutes tracking his car back and forth over different spaces. Each time the car backed up, I heard “Beep, beep, beep” =)
After he started losing interest in that one, we did an addition worksheet. Last night I took the Red Light Green Light Blank Addition Template and added hexagons for him to count. I asked if he could recognize the shape first, and we went from there. It was good review for shapes by simply restating, “ok, two hexagons plus three hexagons equals how many hexagons?”.
I helped him with the first couple, and he did the rest. Freehand numbers are still a bit challenging for Blue, so this is an activity I have to stay close by Blue with to ensure the scribbles don’t happen as the result of getting frustrated or overwhelmed. I also let him watch me place the numbers 1-10 down the side. This way, he can trace the ones he needs to prior to trying it freehand. He did excellent, though. He will be doing these worksheets on his own in no time!
On the left is the same worksheet pictured above and on the right is one we did earlier on (adding pentagons). See below for printing instructions and disclaimer. Feel free to use these for your own littles:
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Next, we pulled our magnet activity from the coffee table.
We have an adorable monkey lunch box that Grandma got the kids a while ago. I keep all the letter magnets in this bag, along with their leap frog spelling magnet game. It fits well, and Raspberry Bug is all over anything monkey or duck right now.
I set her to the fridge and she practiced her letter recognition while making a jumbled mess all over the fridge. It kept Red entertained for longer than Blue’s activity. Then I added batteries to the Leap Frog and her fun started all over again!
Last night, I wrote his six sight words on a sheet of notebook paper for Blue and placed it on a cookie sheet. I then added letter magnets. I mixed all different kinds of letters for two different reasons: one- I simply didn’t have enough to do all one kind of magnet. Two- I like that it challenges him to work with different letter fonts and with lower case and upper case practice. That was also good letter recognition review.
He liked this activity. Especially after I told him he could put the letters on top of the written words instead of on the side. Whatever floats his boat on that one!
I could tell he wasn’t ready to stop the magnet play yet, so I decided we would flip the page over and do some more addition with the magnets.
This was the first time we’ve done addition without the use of manipulatives. He picked up on finger-counting pretty quickly though. =)
Then I did another little experiment. I gave him the sum, but he had to find the other missing number. I instructed him to hold up one number’s worth of fingers on one hand and to start counting up with the opposite hand. I could see he was working a little harder, but he really got the idea.
To me, this is no different than writing it out on paper. He’s learning the same concepts, but this one had toys added into the mix. It turned it into a game. He pretty much did double the amount of work he would have if it were only written.
After all the magnet play, we grabbed the third game off the coffee table. Sight word “Connect Four”. Okay, we didn’t actually play “Connect Four”. I modified the game to fit Blue’s learning needs (and to fit our lack of checkers…) I placed a golden letter sticker on each checker. I don’t really like how the stickers get all bumpy when stuck on top of the star, but they do seem to stay on pretty well anyway.
Blue drew a Sight Word Flash Card and tried spelling a word by finding the matching letters. I’m not sure why, but he wasn’t too into it. It was a matter of two words before he was passing it to Red and wanting to do something else.
That’s okay, that just means Red got to do more letter practice. Not to mention the fine motor skills she worked on while attempting to place the checkers in the holes.
The last activity I had planned was number line addition. I got another free printable from Math Worksheets 4 Kids.
They call it “Drawing Hops”. I don’t know that this is the best way to teach addition, but I do know that it is always good to present more than one method or visual aid.
It wasn’t very easy for Blue, and I guided his hand on all but writing the numbers. Plus, he did the last one all by himself. He liked the idea of making his marker “hop”. It was a fine introduction, and we will do it occasionally, but I don’t think it was his-or my- favorite.
I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to hear what you’re doing to encourage or introduce your child when it comes to reading, writing, and arithmetic. The more creativity, the better!
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