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Learning More Words

Activity 1: Pictures.

Use old magazines, pictures from the computer or even hand drawn pictures. Make a collage on a large poster size sheet of paper. The collage can be haphazard or depict a scene. Ask the child to name items in the collage. Write he things they name on small slips of paper, or post-it notes. Place, but do not stick the words on the poster. Ask the child to look at the pictures and read the words under each picture. Remove the labels and then ask the child to place them. When they get words consistently correct allow them to paste the word to the poster.

This activity helps learn new words because many of the words begin differently. For example if you have a refrigerator in the picture, then the child can probably label it by recognizing just the refr part of the word. Once they have done it a few times they can probably recognize the word without the picture t remind them.

Activity 2: Similar Words

Use word flash cards again with this one. Write groups of words with similar sounds. Use colored markers and mark the similar sound in one color and he differing sound in another. Use different parts of words that are similar. Examples:

Initial sound similar

End sound similar

man

mast 

mat

last

mad

past

mast

cast 

This activity is is particularly good for teaching word patterns.

Activity 3: Mixed up sentences

Write about ten simple sentences on strips of paper. Glue each sentence to a different color of construction paper, and cut them up. Ask the child to reassemble the sentence. Then try making different sentences using words from some of the other sentences. Silly, meaningless sentences are fine, provided the child can read what they have produced. In order to get them to make silly sentences you may need to make a few yourself. Children are often unsure of what is and isn’t acceptable to an adult. Make silly sentences and laugh about them! Have a competition to see who can make the silliest sentence, or the longest sentence. Because of the problem of capitalizing initial words in sentences, it is probably better to ignore capital letters altogether and write the entire sentence in lower case. Children rarely remember the rule anyway, and may become confused by a capital letter in the middle of a sentence. If your child does know and remember the rule, you can just ask when the sentence is done, which letter should be capitalized and where the period should be.

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