There are many easy ways you can reinforce the spelling, reading, social studies, science, and math vocabulary words your child is learning at school.
· Play checkers – play a game of checkers with your child, but before they can move their checker, they have to correctly read a vocabulary word, give the correct definition of a word, use the word in a sentence, give the correct answer to a math flashcard, or name a letter/sound. I have enclosed a checker board in your packet. If you don’t have checkers try using 2 types of macaroni, buttons, beads, even 2 types of beans J
· NASCAR Racing Fun! – You can create a simple racetrack from a piece of paper, plastic, placemat, or even a towel or bathmat. Your child has to they have to correctly read a vocabulary word, give the correct definition of a word, use the word in a sentence, or give the correct answer to a math flashcard in order to move his/her car one space forward around the racetrack. Race to see who wins!
· Make your own game board - use an old or favorite game board or create your own with construction paper and stickers or use stamps to create the path from start to finish. The Dollar Tree is a great source for cheap materials! I have included materials for your first game board in your parent packet J
· Scrabble – use your Scrabble game to spell your child’s vocabulary or word wall words. Don’t have one? Use the letters in your parent kit instead J
· Play Go Fish! – make 2 copies of the word wall words, vocabulary terms, or math facts your child is struggling with and play the familiar Go Fish! Card game with them. My classes love this game J
· Fishing Game – make a fishing pole out of a stick and string; place a magnet at the end of your “line”; write the words or math facts your child needs to practice on pieces of paper and put a paper clip on each paper. Let your child “fish” for words/problems/vocabulary terms and read the word, solve the problem or give the answer for each “fish” they catch.