The everything kids learning activities book - 145 entertaining activities and learning games for kids


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This is one of my passion: To find an entertaining way to teach kids.
I'm sure of one thing: introducing a new concept to a kid can vary from very boring to magicla and enlightning.
Teaching is an art, which require observation, the right timing, listening, understanding, play, humor, clarity, and being passionate with learning yourself.

Those sets of activities not only contains good ones you'd never think about, but it triggers imagination to build new ones, with slightly different variations.


Top 10 Materials to Have Handy for Learning Activities

  1. Pencils
  2. Index cards. making flipbooks to making flash cards. Be sure to buy them in white, lined, and multicolored.
  3. Markers.
  4. Scissors.
  5. Heavyweight paper. Card stock, poster board, construction paper, or watercolor paper
  6. Paper clips and brass fasteners.
  7. Glue.
  8. String
  9. Duct tape.
  10. Plastic cups and sandwich bags. zip-top sandwich bags.

Introduction

This book promotes important learning concepts in the key areas of reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.
activities in this book help you and your child practice storytelling skills, creative writing, money sense, backyard science, and eco-friendly play.
It aims to help your child become a more active learner,
he can learn through doing, not just by listening or watching. It may be hard to step back and watch him do things differently than you might, but even your child’s mistakes and messes offer learning opportunities.

CHAPTER 1 - The Five Key Learning Areas

Reading

it can seem as though it happened overnight. One day he’s trying to sound out the words of his favorite book and the next day he’s reading fluently. It may seem that simple, but it’s not.

Early Reading Skills

abilities to rhyme words, to understand that you start reading a book at the front cover, or even being able to recognize the logo of a familiar store are the skills that create a reader.

A teachable moment occurs when a child’s curiosity is piqued enough for you to grasp the opportunity to use his interest as a springboard for learning.
Whatever the catalyst, teachable moments happen spontaneously; you just have to keep alert and be ready to help him explore.

Building Fluency

Your child will begin slowly and painfully, but as she gains confidence in her ability to read words and learns to go back to correct her mistakes, she will become a more fluent reader.
A fluent reader no longer reads word for word or sounds out every word on the page. Fluent readers can read smoothly, both silently and aloud. Once she’s fluent, your child uses inflection when she reads, can make sense of the text, and is well on her way to becoming a great writer and storyteller.

Here are some signs of a nonfluent reader. He reads slowly, with discernible difficulty, and doesn’t use inflection when reading aloud. He reads one word at a time, and uses only the “sound it out” strategy to read new words. A nonfluent reader doesn’t go back to self-correct, and just tries to “get it over with.” He usually whispers text to himself or mouths the words as he’s reading.

A Parent’s Role in Creating a Reader

he’s going to learn his attitudes about reading from you. If he lives in an environment where he sees people reading, in which there are books, and where you are willing to play word or literacy games, he’s much more likely not to just be good at reading, but interested in it, too.

Writing

Learning to write is more complicated than just knowing how to tell a story or using correct punctuation.
to write actually begins before your child even knows how to read. because writing isn’t just an intellectual skill, it’s a physical one, too.

Scribbles Are the Start of Writing

In order to be able to write, your child needs to be able to hold a pencil correctly, and manipulate it well enough to make the different shapes that make up words.
If your child is a reader, she’s probably a writer, too.

Take a Note, Please

A concurrent step in the writing process is dictation; that is, having your child tell you a story that you write down, then showing it to her.
It helps her get the story down on paper, and it helps her see what the words of her story looks like.
Once you’ve written down what she has to say, you can sit down with her and read it word by word. As you point to the words, she’ll recognize them as her own and take a special interest in what those words look like.

Phonics, Sight Words, and Inventive Spelling

From the very first day of kindergarten your child will be introduced to the concept of sight words, words that he’ll gradually be expected to recognize every time he sees them, which is different from learning to sound them out.

Sight words are words so commonly found in books that your child will actually learn to recognize the shape and letters of the word at a glance, learning them without having to sound them out.
Phonics relies on your child having the ability to match letters to their sounds and is used as a technique to teach reading. Inventive spelling is a similar process, but in writing. Though his sentences may look indecipherable to you, if your child is using his ability to put sounds together to sound out words and assign letters to them, he’s writing.

Writing Is an Ongoing Process

grammar, paragraph formatting…
Fun activities so he doesn’t feel as though writing is a chore.

Math

Math isn’t just about numbers, and it’s not just found in textbooks.

Math Is All Around You

Patterns are everywhere in your child’s world. they’re the stripes on her favorite shirt, and they’re the tiles on the bathroom wall.
When she separates her pants from her shirts in her drawers, she’s sorting.
When she puts all the green LEGO bricks in one pile and the blue LEGO bricks in another, she’s sorting.
All of these daily activities are preparing her to work with numbers.

Why Math Is Hard

it’s often not the math that kids are having trouble with, but learning it.

Science

Like math, science is all around you, too.
Science is more than just doing experiments; it is learning how to observe the world around you.

Social Studies

Themes of Social Studies

how to live in a global society.


CHAPTER 2 - Phonemic Awareness

A phoneme is the smallest sound in spoken language. as “mouth moves.”
the word “go” has two phonemes: /g/ and /o/.
Phonemic awareness is the ability to understand, hear, recognize, and manipulate those sounds.
Those silly little songs he sings in the car with nonsense rhyming words may drive you crazy, but he is mastering phonemes.

Sounding Off to the Beat Game

to hear how words sound the same.
“Name of the game!” (clap, knee slap), “Ready to play?” (clap, knee slap), “Then I say …” (clap, knee slap) “Let’s play!” (clap, knee slap).

Skills Being Practiced

How to Play

  1. Start a rhythm. It’s probably best to start with something slow, like clap-slap, clap-slap, clap-slap, clap-slap.
  2. Once both you and your child are able to maintain the rhythm, choose a sound.
  3. Begin by saying in time to the rhythm: “Let’s start with the xxx sound.

Player One: “Let’s start with a rhyme. It’s time, let’s rhyme!”
(clap-slap, clap-slap, clap-slap, clap-slap)
Player One: “Cat”
(clap-slap, clap-slap, clap-slap, clap-slap)
Player Two: “Bat!”
(clap-slap, clap-slap, clap-slap, clap-slap)
Player One: “Sat.”
(clap-slap, clap-slap, clap-slap, clap-slap)
Player Two: “Mat!”

Another round:

Player One: “Let’s start with the ch sound. It’s time, let’s go!”
(clap-slap, clap-slap, clap-slap, clap-slap)
Player One: “Chat!”
(clap-slap, clap-slap, clap-slap, clap-slap)
Player Two: “Chin!”
(clap-slap, clap-slap, clap-slap, clap-slap)
Player One: “Church!”
(clap-slap, clap-slap, clap-slap, clap-slap)
Player Two: “Change!”


Letter-Sound Laundry Games

Your child might be able to recognize the letters of the alphabet, and he might be able to recognize the sounds those letters make, but can he put those two skills together?

Skills Being Practiced

What You Need

Get Ready to Play

Prepare the clothespins by writing one letter of the alphabet on each clothespin.
If there’s not enough space to write it with a marker, write the letters on small pieces of paper and tape them to the clothespins.

Outdoor Beginning-Sound Clothespin Game

  1. Review the letters and letter sounds with your child while looking at the clothespins. Split them into two groups, with each of you taking half.
  2. Find a “home base” (the porch or stoop works well), and challenge your child to find things outside that begin with the sounds of the letters on his clothespins, and you do the same with your clothespins. When you find something that begins with the sound, attach your clothespin to the object.
  3. The first one to use all his clothespins correctly and make it back to home base wins!