Learning Fun at Home
On this page you will find fun activities for you to do with your child to keep learning outside of the classroom.To access some of the activities with links you will need to join our class folder on google. You will be able to sign up for this at back-to-school night. The activities will change as your little one grows and progresses. If you have any ideas or things that you do with your child that you would like to share, or have questions please email me. Remember to have fun!
READ, READ, READ!!!
The best thing you can do for your child at this age is read to him/her EVERY day. Many parents make this a part of their bedtime routine. Fit it in wherever it works best for you and your little one. Last year a parent told me that the only time she and her son could read together was right after she picked him up and the other kids were still at school. Again find what works best for you and your family, but PLEASE do read every day.
If you have any old books, newspapers, magazines or cook books you can give your child a highlighter or a pencil to underline all of a specified letter (ex: all letter F’s on a page). I would like to use this as a center, so if you have any of these items that you would like to donate to the class feel free to bring them in. It would be greatly appreciated.
This is a fun activity to do together. Allow your child to mix the colors and see what happens. After the playdough is made you can use different shaped cookie cutters to practice naming the shapes.
- Step 1: Mix together the flour and the salt.
- Step 2: Mix together ½ cup of warm water with a few drops of food coloring.
- Step 3: Slowly pour the water into the flour mixture, stirring as you pour. Stir until combined, then knead with your hands until the flour is completely absorbed.
This is easy to do wherever you are: grocery store, home, pool, mall, playground,etc. There are shapes all around us and it is important for our students to know that shapes aren’t just something that we discuss at school. Shapes serve a purpose and are very important. Keep a shape journal with you and have the student draw (and you label) the different shapes that you find wherever you go. Here is a notebook that you can use, but any notebook would be fine. If you have the extra time you can allow your child to take pictures of the different shaped objects with a phone or tablet. You can then print them out and glue them into the notebook.
Fun with Counting
Children enjoy the rhythm and pattern of reciting numbers in order, or rote counting. Frequent counting practice helps children learn the correct sequence of number words and builds a foundation for other mathematics skills.
Encourage your child to count as far as he or she can and, from time to time, help him or her go a little further. Counting is a fun way to pass the time while waiting for the bus or standing in line at the grocery story, especially if you count in funny voices.
Another fun way to practice rote counting is to play Hide and Seek. Have your child be the Seeker and count to a particular number while you hide (or hide a stuffed toy). After counting to the chosen number, your child should look for you (or the toy). When you are found, take a turn counting while your child hides.
Below are examples of expectations of how high your child should count. Please keep in mind that every child learns at a different pace. If your child is not quite counting as high as expectations that is ok. Just work on it together. If your child can count higher than by all means keep going.
Playing board games, whether educational or not help to reinforce mathematical skills and concepts in a fun way. Many board games not only provide counting practice, but also help children develop a sense of strategy.
Card games such as Go Fish, Memory and War involve dealing out an equal number of cards at the beginning of the game, recognizing numerals and counting to determine who has the most cards.
Play games with your child frequently. Try to minimize competition and concentrate instead on playing and learning together. If you would like ideas for games or resources for home or to schedule a time for me to go over examples with you please send me an email.