Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Words in a word.

In third grade my teacher, Mr. McArthur, would challenge us every holiday with a word contest.  He would give us the name of the holiday and we would have to see how many little words we could find within the big word.  I LIVED for these word contests and would spend any remaining time after I finished homework in the evening searching for words, dictionary beside me, until I was quite certain I would be the winner.  I think I won all, if not nearly all, of those word challenges that year.

I did the same thing when I was a teacher except I had Limber Letters for my students to use.  It was great to see them mixing things around, finding words they might have not otherwise found.  It makes a HUGE difference to visually see letter combinations.  The double "ee" or "ll" for example.. putting those together and looking at the other letters makes it easier to see possibilities.

Have a friend, class, family or neighborhood challenge.  Give it as an assignment during school breaks -- it will keep your school aged children busy for quite some time (at least it did me).

Happy letters to all of you!  The letters are going fast.  I only have about 8 more bags ready for this round of selling and then I will be taking a break...


Crystal said...

Random question but I didn't see an email.
I taught my son (35months) numbers by just counting out loud and counting objects. He can count objects and count out loud to 13 . However, he doesn't recognized the numeral 3, etc. For my next child I'll teach him to count and the numerals at the same time. I don't know how to bridge the gap for my 3year old now. It feels like I'm just holding or pointing to numbers and asking what it is and he may guess a couple before saying he doesn't want to anymore. How can I teach him that a 6 is a 6, etc? Please help!
curlyboom at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I don't think it's a problem really. Just by continually putting a set number of things together with the the picture of the corresponding numeral(or writing the numeral at the same time) would be a start. Just as workbooks have a picture of say 6 items and a place to write the number 6. He will get the point soon enough. In a instructional design class, I read that the mistake often made is teaching kids the numbers orally without ensuring that they understand that each number corresponds to one object. I hope that's understandable. Example of this might be a child not putting one number to each space they should be moving to on a game board. They will say the numbers in order and move the game piece, but they are not consistently landing on the next space. Your little guy is already ahead on that.

Also, kids have learning spurts. He'll be ready soon. While he may seem uninterested, just keep presenting the information a bit at a time. It will all kick in soon.

Anonymous said...

The limber letters I gave my great nephew for xmas have been a huge hit. He and his older brother are using them in numbers of ways to help with their schoolwork. And, the whole family spends time using them for games.


Likely said...

You are so welcome! I am so happy. I have been thinking lately I need to get some new games up here. If your great nephew has any fun games he has made up we would love to post them!

Also, thank you for the brilliant comment about numbers --- you are right, it is important that we teach them that those numbers they are repeating mean something!