I have found that one of the best and most memorable ways kids learn is simply through playing. Make it fun and they remember it more clearly and with more passion than any boring lesson.
This is always in the back of my mind as both a mom and as a teacher. Everything I do stems from this basic little fact and it inspires me to keep things fun, active and memorable for my Lil Divas.
The Lil Divas love jumping on our pillows, couches and well just about anywhere. Don't let my nickname for them fool you! They might be Divas but they love active, rough & tumble play.
Playing to Learn: Sight Word Island Jumping
What You Need:
Prep: Write up your target sight words, letters, numbers, colors, etc on index cards/sentence strip paper/card stock and affix w/tape to pillows. *This can be modified for so many things - so get creative!*
The Lil Divas getting ready to play -
Let the Wild Rumpus begin!
They are on their safe island but beware - all around them are wild beasts ready to roar, snap, gnash & claw!
How To Play:
I would call out a word and the Lil Divas had to jump to the correct island/word.
Rules: They could only jump to the middle "base island" pillow to help get across to other islands. They could not jump on any other words except for the target word. They could not walk on the floor/play mat or they risked getting caught by those pesky wild things! :) They LOVED that part of the game so much - we of course had some jumping in the water & the inevitable taming of some wild thing or other by staring into their terrible yellow eyes without blinking once! Thank goodness they were able to become Queens of the Wild Things! ;)
Lots of fun, playing, jumping and imagination.
Plus, they were learning too!
A fabulous way to play to learn!
*I am linking up to some of these fun linky parties.*