Scrabble or Bananagram letters are great for playing word games, the most obvious being a Scrabble type game where words are built off of other words. Another fun way to use them is to play, "How Many Words Can We Make?" This presents itself as a purely a game but is also helpful for building spelling pattern awareness and how changing one or a couple of letters can make so many different words. My Obstacle Course Station Activity: How Many Words Can We Make? I randomly choose a certain … [Read more...] about How Many Words Can We Make?
My Obstacle Course Station Activity: Summer Reading A fun way to make a reading station more inviting - set out a beach towel! So easy and basic but provides a specific location for the reading to take place, makes it a bit more fun and adds an element of pretend as you pretend to be lying on a beach somewhere, soaking in the sun and reading. I incorporate summer themed books, either fiction or non-fiction depending on what Andrew is into. Since this is a station activity, I would … [Read more...] about Beach Towel Reading Station
I was doing a "treasure hunt" around my house to see what we have to include in a summer themed My Obstacle Course. I went into Andrew's closet to look for some summer books and my eyes fell upon the shelf where this "Find It" toy he had received from his grandma was sitting. This is a great item for car trips or lazy summer afternoons but it also makes a great, super easy (no set up required at all!) station activity. "Find It" is a cylinder filled with colored rice sized beads that hide … [Read more...] about Find It! Toy
I recently found these calendar numbers at the teacher store and thought they were perfect for summer. In addition to being great for working on number recognition and number order, these also include "Story Starters" on the back to encourage creative writing. Each calendar number has a story starter on the back which makes them perfect for either independent journaling or writing together with your child on the computer, depending on what works best with your child. I am going to … [Read more...] about Calendar Numbers With Story Starters
This package of fun Lightbulbs Mini Accents from our teacher store are probably meant for bulletin boards in the classroom but when I saw them, anyone who knows Andrew also knows that I had to have them! Andrew’s love of ceiling fans is second only to his love of lights and light bulbs. One very consistent phrase of his before he was speaking was "uh uh u-uh!" which translated to "lights are on" with the "on" being drawn out a bit. He can walk into a store, a house, anywhere and … [Read more...] about Lightbulb Pattern Pieces
This is another really basic station activity to reinforce letter recognition. I love to use the concept of sorting because it gives a lot of reinforcement in a short amount of time. If you are looking for something more challenging, it could also be done with word families, words with common vowel patterns, or beginning blends. I took some colored index cards, cut them in half and wrote the letters I wanted to work on. I made 4 cards per letter and shuffled them up so they wouldn't be in … [Read more...] about Building Letter Recognition – Letter Sort