Sunday, May 10, 2015

Unwind #WordsworthWednesday - B Sight Words and Beach games

Welcome back to the second post about Sight words. Love these three months of sun and fun. Although schools are closed for most of the time, summer offers tons of opportunities for practicing skills in an active and fun way. Also remember when teaching them sight words,

Make it achievable
Teach a small number of sight words at a time. If your child is sent home a list of 5 words or 10 words, take your time learning them over the week. To start with, introduce only 2 words. Once those 2 words are mastered, add 2 more. Kids can feel overwhelmed by a whole list of words that they don't know. It's great to build their confidence by having them master a small set at a time.

Make it fun
Kids are often tired after a day at school (particularly at the beginning of kindergarten/prep). To help gain kids' interest in learning after school, it is worth putting some effort into fun activities for teaching sight words.

But now since sun and fun are both out, 

Lets see some of the fun activities we can have while tanning ourselves in the sun

Beach ball - Next time you head to the beach, ensure you don't forget your beach ball. Using a Sharpie permanent marker, write sight words on a beach ball.  Have your child throw the ball in the air and then catch the ball.  Have her read the words that touch her hand. 

 Hopscotch - Hopscotch with a twist!  Create an old fashioned hopscotch board on your sidewalk and write sight words in each square.  Have your child read the sight word each time she hops on a square.

Sand Writing - Shravan loves writing his name in the wet sand all the time we go to beach. We do it everywhere -  when it snows, when we want to tell daddy that our car needs a wash or when we are just out of hot shower in the mirror. So why not use the same technique to learn sand writing? :)

Dig for Rocks - Write the words on stones and bury them in the sandpit or a bucket of sand or in a defined area in the beach. Dig in the sand to find the stones. Read each word as you find them.

Have fun in the sun and here goes the B Sight Words to have fun in the beach :)


Friday, May 8, 2015

Unwind #TuesdayTravel - Denmark Part 1

Before we move from Canada to Denmark and know why Denmark this time, we promise we will share our Canada Lapbook soon

Now that we have learnt most of the things about Canada (for his age :)) we had the discussion of what next? First we wanted to do USA, then he changed his mind to India and then suddenly he wanted more LEGOs (trust me, my boy is a LEGO freak, I will try to make a collage of all his legos and share in his Denmark lapbook), there was the usual hungama at home. finally he announced OK, I want to go to Legoland (he is  just 5.5 years, and have been there twice already), when we said you need to wait another year or so for the third trip, he declared OK let me start learning Denmark. And thats how we travelled from Canada to Denmark.

As usual lets begin with identifying Denmark on the World map and Europe Map. If you have a handy Globe in their desk, start using that as well. A 3D view really helps. (For Folks in Norway, TGR shop has a Globe Sharpner for 20NOK, if you are looking for a cheaper version).

Next is Flag. Here you go with the coloring pages and some fun activities related to flag.

Denmark and no LEGOs ;)

You can try to do the Denmark Flag as well using Hama Beads similar to the one we tried in Canada.

and here we go with simple word search 

If your kids love puzzles (For us, having Puzzles, Legos, Hama Beads and Coloring Pages are MUST :))

Check out this online jigsaw puzzle

Keep exploring Denmark with your kid, we will be next week with more crafts :)

Monday, May 4, 2015

Unwind #MondayMath - Number Matching

We now know our One Two Three's and how to identify them in different form, lets quickly do another round of fun activity just to ensure we can match different forms together.

Go with your kids interest, if they like to play with you in the kitchen while you are cooking, you can pull something from your pantry on the dinning table and ask them to have fun.

If they are Lego freak like my kiddo, try these

Try this, if your kid can do this, we are ready to move on :)

If you don't have hands-on flashcard and have some patience, try making this at home with your kid, They would love to participate in cut and paste

Happy Matching and Counting!!!