These are simple learning games for kindergarten one focusing on breaking down syllables the other is math but they use the same materials from the dollar store. Learning After School at our house is all about doing quick and simple games that reinforce what my son is learning in Kindergarten. These lessons or games need to be fun, active and not too long. This isn’t homework (he gets some very simple but useful homework), it’s in addition to it. What I love best about these activities is you really get to see how much your child has learned and while we play he will naturally open up and tell me about school.
- For both of these learning games for kindergarten, you will need a pen, some foam craft sticks (wood would be fine too) in a rainbow of colors, and green foam shamrocks.
- Start with the syllable break down by writing one, two and three syllable words on the craft sticks. You will want one word per rainbow color stick per shamrock. I had five one syllable, five two syllable and 5 three syllable words each. Our list was as follows:
- Mop, mom, pan, run, son
- Color, garden, panda, super, open
- Umbrella, telephone, dinosaur, butterfly, elephant
- Write the numbers (1, 2, 3) on the different shamrocks.
- Play! Set out the words and shamrocks. Ask your child to clap out or break down the words into syllables and place them on the shamrock with that number. He was way faster at this than I could have imaged. Each shamrock has one craft stick in each color. My son didn’t need the prompt but had I been doing this at his age, I would have welcomed the hint that the colors give without having to ask for help. If your child is struggling you can say “Does the number 3 shamrock have a red stick yet?” *Also there is no shame in googling “2 syllable words” or “How to break a word into syllables” as a parent it’s probably been years since you have clapped out a word.
- Adding in a little lesson about rainbow colors I had him place the words in proper rainbow order after he’d sorted them.
- This is when he said, “Ok, now can we make it math?”
- So I flipped the sticks and wrote out simple equations. Again making sure to have one of each color matching the answer on the shamrocks.
- He loved this. He decided he wanted to write the answer on each which slowed it down but I was so happy since writing is still not his favorite activity but is something he is doing in class right now. He didn’t finish all the equations. That’s OK! 15 equations is a huge amount in one go. This game can be played over and over again.
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