Since I was little I have always struggled in school. I was always jealous of those that loved to read and did well in school. I was not one of those people. I was the one who did homework for hours at night and still got C’s. I am a VERY visual and tactile learner. So is my son.
Now that my son is in school I can see some of what I struggled with in him. He actually does well in school at the moment but he is in kindergarden. He is starting to struggle with the site words he has to know. Although I disagree with the school on what a kindergardener should know by the end of the year I don’t want him to get behind IF I can do something at home about it.
Unless something is fun for a child they are just not going to learn it (at least not all that quickly and not without a lot of tears). So here is a few ideas that I am doing with my child to read his site words better.
- Print out all the site words (if the teacher has not already given them to you) and tape them up all over the room. Play “Eye Spy”. Yeah the room might look weird but your child will love it. So for example say “I spy with my little eye the word DOG”. Let them look to see if they can find it. We have 101 words we need to know to graduate from kindergarden so what I will do is put 10 up at a time. The next week put 10 new ones up etc.
- Play “Go Fish”. For example Ask your child “do you have any cards with the word DOG?” I think this helps them to look closer at the words and sound them out as they look through their cards
- Do “Pictionary” in reverse. Write out “dog” and have them read the word and draw a picture of a Dog.
Really the options are endless. Take what your child likes to play and work in what they are learning in school. Just make sure it is fun for them.
Life is full of frustrations why let learning be one of them? Once they have the ground work everything else is SO much easier. My goal is to have my child not struggle in school like I did.
What games can you think of that would be fun to try! I would LOVE some more ideas! Share them all!