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Ideas for Building Literacy October 17, 2010

Posted by Nora in Uncategorized.

It sounds crazy, but I am constantly waking up in the middle of the night thinking of new ideas to help children learn to read and write. (Not too exciting, huh?) Oh well…here’s a new idea that was born around 3:00a.m.

Children love to run around and play. As parents and teachers, we should capitalize on this energy and combine it with the learning process. Here are some thoughts on how to use a bouncy ball to make learning active and engaging for kids.

*Choose a letter of the alphabet. Each time you bounce the ball back and forth, you and your child take turns saying another word that begins with that letter. See how many words you can come up with!

*Practice spelling words! Have your child review his spelling word list by dribbling a ball as he says each letter of the word. Or, he can throw the ball up in the air and catch it as he says each letter in the word.

*Make up silly sentences! As you and your child bounce (or throw) the ball back and forth, each of you can say ONE word in a sentence. You never know what you’ll end up with, but your child will start to understand what a sentence needs to be complete. This could also be a great activity for the whole family. And after making up sentences, you could try to “bounce and build” a whole story!!



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