Happy Halloween! Today is all about fun, but that doesn't mean that learning can't be fun too.
One of things I noticed is that all my kids have different learning styles. My son is a visual learning, it helps if he physically sees what is going on. One way of doing this is coming up with fun games to help him understand what we are working on.
The one thing that he struggles with are rhyming words. If I “say” what rhymes with dog, he has a hard time figuring out the answer. If I put the word in “writing” in front of him, he sees that dog ends with the -og sound, so now he knows that another word that ends with -og is the rhyming word that goes with dog.
I came up with a fun rhyming game using CVC (consonant-vowel- consonant) words. Not only does this game help with rhyming, but it also helps with sounding out words too. Since it is October, I have decided to do a Halloween themed game. You can choose whatever theme you like.
First, make your templates, you can either draw them yourself or print them out from the internet. After you have your templates trace them on construction paper.
Cut each one out and write words on each of the patterns. Here is a list that I use, you can use this one or you can search for CVC words on the internet.
This is optional, you can decorate the patterns or leave as is. Lay the cards out and start the game. Turn two cards over, have your child say the words and ask him or her if the words rhyme, if they do, they get to keep the cards, if they don’t turn the cards over and the other person takes a turn.
If you have fun rhyming games you play with your children please let me know in the comments, I am always looking for ways to make learning fun.
I have been homeschooling for about 9 years now. It is so funny how times have changed from when I was in school. When I was in school, math class for 1st and 2nd grade was all about memorizing math facts, you get a sheet that was filled with math facts and you just go through and write the answers. The tests were the same way, you get a test with just plain math facts and all that was required was the answers. If the answers were right, you got credit for it.
In first and second grade I taught my daughters math facts just like I learned them, when adding double digits, you just add the ones column and the tens column and that was it. Now my son is in second grade and math is not that simple anymore. It is all about how you got the answers, breaking them down into simpler addition problems to get the same answers. I struggled with this myself, so it took me a long time to figure out how to do math this way. After I figured it out, I was amazed on how easy it was. I didn’t have to teach him about carrying the one, it was broken down to the point where all he had to do was add the ones column and tens column and boom he got the answer.
So, to help with this method I made this template using two things, a white board and masking tape.
Now, of course math is not always going to be easy, but for 1st and 2nd graders this is a genius way to do adding! Please feel free to use this idea.
What tricks do you have to teach adding to your elementary school children? Let me know in the comments.
My name is Robin. I am a homeschooling mom of three and I just love to find ways to make learning fun. I am so excited to share my ideas with you. I try to make my ideas as inexpensive as possible. Most of the items I use are things that are around most houses and if you have a printer and ink you are all set. Please feel free to use these ideas in your own learning adventure with your children.