Holidays are coming, so here are some fun learning tips for those times when your child is needing something entertaining to do.
If your child enjoys “hands-on” activities, gather some books and magazines written for children that include “how-to” articles. You can often find old copies at thrift stores. “Science experiment” books are also great for this. Even if the writing is above the child’s current level, you can read the article to her, letting her “read along,” reading the words she does know. Compare the words to the pictures/illustrations. Gather the needed materials. If glue is required, get out the glue bottle, and compare the word “glue” in the instructions with the word “glue” on the bottle. Using crayons? Read the crayon colour words. Do as many comparisons as possible between the “direction words” and those words on the real objects. And then get busy doing the activity.
You can extend this activity to include writing and/or other ways of presenting information. For example, your child can take photos of the process, or draw illustrations, and write captions and/or descriptions of the process, to send to grandparents or to post on the family bulletin board (or to take to school for show and tell). This also works for doing activities as well as making things–for example, directions on how to make animal hand shadows using a flashlight or candle for back lighting, or doing a science experiment.
. . . And Scooby Doo too!
It’s high time I posted another “Friday Freebie!” So here are two of them — exercises and activities I put together for the following Scooby Doo books:
The first freebie is a set of activities for each of the books in the Scooby Doo Sight Word books package. Well–at least 9 of the 10 books; I seem to have lost book #3. Each book features a different kind of reading comprehension exercise: multiple choice questions, placing correct words in sentences, true or false, matching sentence parts, putting sentences in correct story order, short answer questions, finding rhyming words, answering questions about pictures, answering thinking questions, and unscrambling vocabulary words. Maybe, as a final challenge for your Scooby Doo fans, they could make up their own activity for book #3!
And the second freebie is a Scooby Doo Howling on the Playground Readers Theatre play based on the book!