Math and Spelling Fun for the Whole Family!
Who says reinforcing math and spelling skills has to be tedious and boring? My girls and I have blast with these fun and inventive ways to foster math and spelling concepts. What I love most about these activities is that the whole family can get involved!
Shaving cream – spray it on a flat surface, smooth it out and let them write their words in it.
Finger paint – let them spell out his words with finger paint.
Sidewalk chalk – have them spell out his words on the driveway with colorful chalk.
Keyboarding – let them type their words out on the computer.
Hangman -– play hangman using the spelling words.
Tiles – grab some letter tiles and have them spell the words you dictate.
“Guess the Word” – spell the word for them and give them a chance to guess what it is.
As far as on-line spelling resources, there are many to choose from. One of my favorites iswww.spellingcity.com
Grocery Shopping – let your child help you take items off the shelf and place them in your cart. While doing so, she will learn about weight, shape and size. Point out labels and prices and explain the differences.
Clean-up – as you and your child clean-up her toys, talk about the different colors, shapes, weights and sizes of each item as you put them away. Talk about the number of items you are putting away, for example, “Let’s put these two books in the bookshelf”.
Baking – cooking and baking allows your child to weigh and measure various ingredients. Together you can count the number of spoonfuls, cupfuls, and tablespoons required for the recipe. She can also experience first-hand what happens when you mix different ingredients together.
Wash & Dry – have your little one help with the laundry. She can measure out and pour the detergent. She can also help sort items by color, texture, type of clothing, etc.
Daily reinforcement is the best way to learn and retain math and spelling concepts. Give these a try and let me know how you make out!
Yolanda is the mom of 3 young children in the Delaware Valley. She is the Founder of Team Tutor.