Mrs. Burns' Kindergarten
Making Literacy Fun!
1. Using slinkies for blending. We use mini-slinkies in the classroom (6 for $1 at the Dollar Tree), but any slinky works. Have your child pull apart the slinky as they say each sound they hear in a word, then let the slinky come back together when they blend the sounds together. TH-A-T - THAT!
2. Retell the stories you read in fun ways. Make sock puppets, act the story out in your living room, create the characters, or become story "news reporters". This week we made simple retelling bags for the book "The Mitten"... the children were begging me to let then retell the story to their friend over and over again, each time there were more details given and even more excitement for reading.
3. Spice up your reading time with silly fingers, funny glasses, or with flashlights in the dark. Have a secret stash of novelty items that you can bring out during reading battles.
4. Plastic plates make great inexpensive white boards. You can buy these very cheap at the dollar store. Practice writing words in small, big, and fancy writing. Keep a plastic plate in the car for word games like hang man. A small piece of felt is an easy eraser.
5. Write sight words in sand, make them with playdough, write them on toy cars or on legos. Make "targets" by writing words on paper plates... grab a ball and play until all the words are hit! Try to go on a word treasure hunt.