Have you played Boggle?

I bough this Boggle game off Gumtree a couple of months ago and we love it!

I can use it with both the girls, they can play it with me or on their own which is great considering they are 3 and 5 years.

There are two ways of playing, with Imaan she will keep the flap up leaving the word covered, she will look at the picture and choose the letters and build the word.

With Zahra we will leave the word uncovered and she will search for the correct letters and build the word and sound it out.

She is growing in confidence though and pretty soon we she will also want the word covered like her sister (Insha Allah).

There are harder words as well.

I think they really benefit from it, Masha Allah.

Games work better

I have found that, in many cases, games work so much better as it keeps them entertained and they don’t mind repetition as much when there is the hope of winning the next round!

I have used this approach with both phonics and maths. Imaan really enjoys it. She kept wanting to play again and again without realising how much she was learning in the process.

We used domino’s to practice subtraction. She was using her fingers at first but I thought it better to use the counters as this was the first time we worked with subtraction.

You need at least two players, one player turns over a domino and subtracts the lower number from the higher number, then writes it down. So Imaan would flip over a domino, Say “two, take away one”, take out two counters and places them on the table, then take away one counter. The next player does the same. Whoever gets the lowest number after subtraction gets a tick next to their number. The one who gets the most ticks wins.

So after tallying all the ticks it turned out that Imaan won this round, we played more than four times,with Imaan getting lots and lots of subtraction practice πŸ™‚

I will post about the phonics games we played next insha Allah.

NOTE: We changed the game a bit ,Β  instead of just writing the number we write out the sum.

Also Imaan gets to choose what sheΒ  wants as counters, this time she chose the stones πŸ™‚

Teaching Imaan: Literacy part 2

Word building. Imaan loves it! We encouraged her to write phonetically all the time, she had no inhibitions and wrote us letters as soon as she managed to form the letters of the alphabet. Her favorite thing to do was make shopping lists LOL! All according to how it sounded to her πŸ™‚

Once I realized she was over letter recognition activities I had to make the next level available for her. I had printed off picture and word cards that I downloaded off the internet and she used it along with the movable alphabet.

We would look at the pictures and make sure she knew the names of them and then I would have her phonetically choose letters from the movable alphabet to spell those words, or we would match up the pictures with the printed words. Now these pictures and word cards you can print on card and cut out or you can print on paper, laminate and then cut out for longevity.

The letters can be used to make up words or sentences.

Other than these resources, we would use workbooks that I bought from book shops, or I would print out some worksheets from Progressive phonics which is a site offering free phonics readers and worksheets.There are amazing resources online you just have access to internet and printer.

We are currently working on blends.

An easy way to store the blends cards is in a little envelope glued to the back.

What is nice about this type of activity is that she can easily take it off from the shelf and take it to the table and do it if she feels like it.

Some other nice sites for printable resources relating to literacy:

http://www.montessoriforeveryone.com

http://bogglesworldesl.com/phonics.htm

http://www.abcteach.com/

http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/

http://www.enchantedlearning.com