Written by Courtney Phillips, Lead Teacher in our Yellow Class
As a teacher, I am often asked “how do I get my child excited about learning?” I have found that it is best to take the pressure off. Learning is meant to be fun and a game can be made out of anything. Here are a few of my favorites:
The Stop Sign Game: (letter recognition, number recognition and exposure to environmental print)
Last summer my daughter became very interested in the rules of driving. She would ask me lots of questions about the rules of the road. Once I realized this, I figured this would be a great learning tool. I showed her what a stop sign looked like and we created a game . Each time one of us sees a stop sign we yell out “stop sign”. I then began to ask her what letters she saw on the sign. We then counted the letters and tried to figure out what other words had four letters. Lastly, we have increased the game to other signs and license plates.
What’s on me that starts with…. (letter recognition, cognitive thinking)
I love Sesame Street! There is such a vast wealth of knowledge on that show. One of my favorite segments is called “What’s on me that starts with… ?” The purpose of the game is to choose a letter then try to figure out what starts with that letter on your partner. For example I would say ” what’s on me that starts with the letter T ?” Possible responses would be Toes, teeth, tongue etc.. This is another fun game to play in the car.
From Trash to Treasure (number recognition, creativity, fine motor skills, imagiative play)
As mother and teacher I have way to much crafting materials, so I like to use these items to make games. This game uses three items: toilet paper rolls, craft sticks and a marker. First, have your child cut your toilet paper roll . For younger preschool students I would cut 5 circles for older preschool students I would cut 10. The roll should be cut horizontally to create circles. Next number your circles. Place one number per circle. Lastly, label craft sticks with the corresponding numbers. After this is completed, the sky is the limit. I like to pretend that the craft sticks live in a neighborhood where they hula hoop. Each stick must then find their corresponding hula hoop. I also mix the numbers up and have my daughter put the sticks in order or let her count backwards. You can be as creative as you would like.
Have fun and Happy Learning!