It has been a couple of days since I posted last, but not to worry, my creative juices are flowing. I have a few fun math related items to share with you, that are coming soon! My muse is my son, I see what he struggles with and I try to make it less of a struggle and more fun! So that takes a little thought and effort. So stayed tuned for some fun activities for a child who struggles with the teen numbers: 11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18 and 19.
I think out of all the holidays that Christmas is my favorite. Christmas is the only holiday I decorate for and I love to create Christmas or Holiday themed games. I did a similar game for Halloween, that I made myself using construction paper, you can check it out here. This time around, I made several templates that you can print out and write a set of rhyming words on them. You can come up with your own words or you can use my list.
There are several pages of templates, you can print them all out or you can use the ones you like best. The way I do it is, I pick two word families, there are 4 words in each family, so I would have a total of 8 cards. I just lay them out in a board like pattern and play memory, when two words rhyme, you get to keep the card and the next person takes a turn.
My son is sort of a sore loser so I try to keep the games fun, so that means no one wins, but you can make your own rules for the game, it is all about your child's journey, my son gets mad and just shuts down and learning is done for the day, so I try to avoid that by making the games fun instead of competitive.
What is your favorite holiday template and what holiday themed educational games do you play in your classroom? Let me know in the comments!
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and you avoided the Black Friday shopping rush! I attempted to make my very first dinner for my immediate family this year. I am happy to say it turned out pretty good! Maybe once I have more confidence in my cooking I will make dinner for the extended family.
Now for Black Friday, I had to work, I sell shoes. It wasn't too bad a lot of people, a lot of sales, tired feet... Today was a fun day, we put up our Christmas trees! I thought I would share them with you :)
It was a lot of fun this year, my daughters put up the big white Christmas tree and I put up the little one (the easier one) with my son. We are ready for Christmas in our house, when do you put up your Christmas tree?
On Monday, the fun of the holidays and tree decorating will come to an end and school will resume. I am excited. I love doing school with my kids, especially my son, he is where I get all my inspiration for these fun games, charts etc. that I share with you.
Are you looking forward to get back into the groove of school? Let me now in the comments!
Today in math my son and I were working on subtraction. Two digits on top, single on bottom. A little background on my son. He has a learning disability. He needs the directions or instructions told to him several times and he has to be told in steps, not all at once. So today I caught myself repeating how to subtract with every problem we did.
So to make life a little bit easier, I made this awesome reference for him. It has a nice tune to it, so it is fun to say and it will stick in his head. Trust me, give it a try, you will be saying it just to say it! I will say that I didn't come up with the wording, I found it a long time ago, but I did make the sheet that I am about to share with you. So *thumbs up* to the person who came up with the wording. I just made it pretty *wink*
Please feel free to print this out and hang it in your learning area or put it in a binder for your student to reference in the future.
I will be the first to admit that I struggled with math all through my schooling years. I had to take the high school proficiency test 4 times and I think the last time they just passed me..lol The one thing I did enjoy and I was surprisingly good at, was order of operations, oh and I am awesome at my multiply facts.
When the time came to teach my older kids order of operations, I was super excited. Unfortunately they struggle with math too, must have got that bad gene from me..lol So I created a math binder with notes in it, so they can refer back to whenever they get stuck on a math problem. It has come in handy over the years and I am slowly but surely getting all the notes into fun printable sheets that you can use in your notes binder or even to hang in your learning area.
For all of you P.E.M.D.A.S. lovers, here is a chart to help your kiddos remember the Order Of Operations.
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My son loves to play games. I decided to use this fact to my advantage. Of course he likes his regular video games, but since I am not a video game designer, I can't create my own educational video game, so I create my own hands on games (old fashion games). I do love Reading Eggs which is an online type of game to help with reading. He really enjoys it and I highly recommend checking it out!
This game is called "Throw a Digraph". You can use a piece of poster board that you can get from the dollar store, but I found an old piece of table top in our basement and I covered it with contact paper. After the surface was covered, I just drew out the boxes and wrote in the Digraphs, -Ch, -Th, -Sh, -Wh and -Kn I do suggest if you are using contact paper to use a sharpie marker, but if you are using poster board, regular markers will work just fine. I also decorated mine with stickers that I had laying around the house.
The game is pretty simple to play, you just set it up on the floor, stand as far back as you think is appropriate and throw a bean bag and whatever digraph it lands on, have your child say the sound it makes. You can also go a step further and have them say the sound and a word that starts with the digraph.
What games are you playing with your child to help in identifying digraphs? Let me know in the comments.
As a kid I struggled with word problems. I had a hard time understanding what I was reading and figuring out which operation to use was not easy for me. So I came up with a way to help my kids figure out what operation to use and what key words to look for in the word problems.
I created this anchor chart, I keep a copy of my charts in a binder for my children to pull out and reference when they are stuck. You can do that or you can print it out and hang it in your learning area.
What tricks do you use to help figure out which operation to use? Let me know in the comments!
If your child is anything like mine he or she gets bored real easy, especially when they are learning about letter blends. So when I hear the words, "Mom, this is boring", that is my cue to come up with a fun game. I created a dice game called roll a blend.
I made my own dice, there are easy instructions on the internet. After I put them all together I wrote 3 letter blends on one and two letter blends on the other. The three letter blends I am using are -Str, -Shr, -Spl, -Scr, -Spr and -Thr. On the other die, I picked 6 two letter blends and wrote them on each side of the die. Here is a list of two letter blends.
Its game time! Just roll the die and say the blend. That's it! I only use one at a time, for an example right now we are working on three letter blends, so I will be using the three letter blend die. I made the three letter blend die a little big. I did this because my son loves to throw things, so he can throw the die and it can land on the floor, he gets a big kick out of that. The little one will probably work best on the table.
What letter blend games do you play? Let me know in the comments.
I am back with another game that is similar to the last game post I did, you can read Hard and Soft C says here. The game is the same except this time we have the "Hard G and the Soft G". I also made an anchor chart to go with this game as well. Anchor charts are great for those students who need to "see" how to determine which G to use.
The rules of the game are the same as "soft c", print out the playing cards, you may choose to laminate the cards or not, it is your choice.
Once you printed the game cards, cut them out and spread them face down on the table. Decide who goes first. I went first the very first time we played the game, just to show my son how to play. Pick a card, read the word (there are pictures to help identify the word) and say if it has a soft or hard “G”, then do what the card says, like, “bark like a dog”.
Here is a little tip and where the anchor chart comes in, have the chart next to your child and let him or her refer to the chart to help in deciding which “G” is being used. This will not only help in getting the right answer, but it will also help in remembering how to tell which “G” is being used.
I would love to hear what games you play to help in figuring out which “G” is being used in words.
Comment below .
What are digraphs? Digraphs are two letters that make one sound. The most popular digraphs are SH, CH, TH, and WH. There are so many different activities you can do to help your K-2 grader learn his or her digraphs. To start I created this fun and easy digraph sort. Just print and go!
You could go a step further and cut out the charts when your child is done sorting and glue it in a notebook or put in a binder, so they can go back and use it as a reference when you are working on digraphs for future assignments.
If you would rather have an anchor chart to hang up in your learning space, I created one here for you.
It is an awesome feeling when your child knows of all his ABC’s and the sounds they make. It is even better when he or she can put those sounds together and make words and eventually read. Then comes the letters that make different sounds in different words. So now we are back to square one teaching them which sound they should use.
Right now my son is learning about the hard and soft “C”. He gets confused easily and I wanted a way for him to be able to determine which sound to use without getting frustrated. I came up with an awesome anchor chart and a fun game, that not only helps in learning the Hard C and Soft C, but to get your little one moving and laughing.
Here is the anchor chart that I made, please feel free to download it, print it and use it. you can use it as a big chart that you hang on the wall or you can make a binder with the chart in it. I do the binder, this way my son can use his “notes” when doing assignments to help him know the answers.
Now the fun part, the game. I love games and most kids love games too. I know that there are great educational online games, but sometimes, I feel my son needs to get away from the screen and play an old fashion game. This game I created does double duty, it helps in figuring out which “C” is being used and help with following directions and having a little fun too!
The game is called, Hard and Soft C Says. It is like Simon Says, but more educational based. Here are the playing cards, please feel free to print them out and use them or you can create your own. Once you printed the game cards, cut them out and spread them face down on the table.
Then decide who goes first. I went first the very first time we played the game, just to show my son how to play. Pick a card, read the word (there are pictures to help identify the word) and say if it has a soft or hard “C”, then do what the card says, like, “bark like a dog”.
Here is a little tip and where the anchor chart comes in, have the chart next to your child and let him or her refer to the chart to help in deciding which “C” is being used. This will not only help in getting the right answer, but it will also help in remembering how to tell which “C” is being used.
I would love to hear what games you play to help in figuring out which “C” is being used in words. Comment below .
I really enjoy making board games and combining that with learning makes it even better! I created this game call One, Two, Three Syllables. The purpose of this game is to help kids identify how many syllables are in words, (i.e. cat= 1 syllable, zebra 2=syllables, lemonade= 3 syllables). There are many ways to show how to figure out the syllables, but my favorite is clapping. Clap while saying the word, how many times did you clap, that is the number of syllables in the word.
Here is how to create the game, all the supplies that you will need will most likely be around your house.
This is simple to make. If you would rather print out a game board and glue the game pieces to the premade board that is fine too. I personally like to make my own game boards.
That is it on how to make the board. Here is the fun part, how to play the game. For game pieces you can choose anything you want. You can use different colored counters or buttons or even player pieces from different games. You will also need a die, you can make your own or if you have one laying around you can use that.
How to play:
It is that simple, for me the point is to learn so I didn’t include board squares that say lose a turn, roll again, etc. It is just about saying the words and figuring out the syllables.
This game is perfect for K-2 graders. It is all about having fun and you might just learn something too!
What syllable games do you play with your kids or students? 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.