Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Gone Fishin'

Supplies: Die Cut Fish & Sticky Hands

Process: Place fish in the middle of the table or circle. Give each child a sticky hand. Have them use their sticky hand and swing it toward the fish. When it lands have them reel in the fish by pulling the sticky hand back toward them. Have them count how many they caught.

Teach Well: Let each child keep their sticky hand. Use a Ziploc to store them and place in their backpacks. Use this idea when teaching about Miracle of the Fishes during Bible Time. It's a great hands-on approach for this story.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

School's Out

Woohoo, school's out! When you think of your summers as a child what do you think of? One summer, while I was growing up, my mother started us all on a reading program. She rewarded us for every book we read. I would have to admit that I did not enjoy reading until then. It was because of my mother's reading program that I love books today.

Check out this article from Scholastic on how to encourage your reluctant reader. "So how do we parents turn our children from novice or even struggling readers into kids (and later, adults) who will consistently turn to reading as a source of pleasure? There are several rules of thumb that the experts agree are building blocks to raising enthusiastic readers." To read the rules click here.

Whether you begin your own reading program at home, like my mother, or join a local one instead, you are helping win your child to reading. Don't know where to start? Try Scholastic's Summer Reading Challenge. When your child has checked the list off have them collect their reward!

Teach Well: Building a reader today grows a reader for a lifetime.


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