Hello! I am back again (cue the music: dun, dun, dun!) I thought since it was summer I would scour the internet and post 3 summer literacy activities. I based my choices on originality, child interaction, ease of preparation. Many of these can be used at several levels with a little tweaking. I researched three age groups for your literacy activity convenience.
Babies and Toddlers (0-kindergarten)
1. Stamp letters: use playdough and letter stamps (or magnetic letters) to practice recognizing each letter. You can integrate phonics as well. Even the littler ones can enjoy this as it works on fine motor skills.
2. Sandbox writing: use your sandbox (or create one with a pie plate and salt/sugar). Have them draw letters, their name, shapes, practice drawing lines, etc. The possibilities are pretty endless with this one. You can make it as independent or guided as you like. On the web there are cards that can be printed or easily made for practice ideas.
3. Read, read, read: Read to your child, point to the pictures, ask them questions about what they read. Let them ‘read’ to you. Going on a trip? Read books about where you are going. Listen to books on tape, just read with them!
Elementary (1st grade – 4th grade)
1. Story stones: paste pictures from events from beloved stories on stones (or other accessible item). Children try to put them order (sequencing) or use them to tell their own story (creativity/summarizing).
2. Rhyming basket: put various items from around the house in a basket. Have your child choose one and pick another item from that basket that rhymes with the. Depending on the age or ability level you can make it as hard as you want.
3. Have children retell a dream or a favorite story. This works on story elements a key part to reading comprehension. BTW that includes: characters, setting, plot, problem, and solution.
Intermediate (5-7th grade)
1. Story in a bag: put in several items have children pick one and write a story based on the item. If your child is better at non-fiction have them describe the item and its uses. Better yet do one of each. With all of this technology it is sad to say I have personally seen a decline of creativity. Journal writing is a good way to increase a child’s ability to just be creative. Each time you could give them a theme, you could ask for the best adjectives/adverbs they can think, etc. This can really be changed up in a variety of ways.
2. While out on the road have a discussion with your child that includes comparing and contrasting two things. If you have forgotten what that is (hey, I once forgot how to spell it) that is telling how two things are alike (comparing) and different (contrasting). This works on reading comprehension skills, speaking and listening skills, and critical thinking skills.
3. Have children tweet: they don’t really have to tweet, but they can if you want to make an account for it. Have students summarize their day, story, anything really in a tweet. This helps them with a variety of things and puts it in an interesting format. Fun additional idea, Have them change those tweets to postcards and send them to friends or grandma.
More to come!
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