Saturday, March 14, 2015

ABC Fun!

We love abc games. 

 What kind of games do you do to help your child learn their abc’s and alphabetical order?

Some games we have used are magnet letter matching on the fridge or on a cooking sheet. We have used those same magnet letters to work on alphabetical order. Have you tired clay to make the letters out of? Clay or play dough are good for that child who really needs the hands on lesson. We have used salt and sand trays to practice writing letters. Bingo markers are always fun to use when matching letters. Paint chips from the hardware store are great for writing words on and using each block to help with alphabetical order. 

What do you use in your home?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Math - Anxiety or Genius?

Some kids have math anxiety and others are born math geniuses. 

But what happens if you the parent/teacher have math anxiety and your child is a math genius? 

Better question what happens if you the parent/teacher are a math genius and your child has math anxiety. It is very hard to see your child not get a concept that you feel is easy. To see your child struggle with basic concepts that are needed to move forward in math. Our favorite way to help our child ease out of math anxiety is to make math fun. Games are a wonderful way to present math in non threatening way. 

How do you help your child with math anxiety?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Rainy Day Blues

Rainy day blues are no fun!

When you have them in a house full of kids it is even worse. We like to turn those rainy day blues into creative imagination day. When it is raining outside we use this time to create with art, like drawing on a roll of paper that is on the floor or painting with shaving cream. We will become builders and build the best forts you have ever seen. We have played our own version of “find the bone.” This is where we hide a certain object in a room while everyone has their eyes closed. We will add on rooms to make this a harder game. We will also do puzzle games.  

What do you do when you have the “Rainy Day Blues?”