November 21, 2011

In Language arts next week we will be focusing on rhyming. We will be reading many Dr. Seuss books to have discussions about rhyming words. We will also have “of” as our new word wall word and “in” as our new word family. Finally, we will continue our discussions about letter sounds. There will be a cultural arts program on Tuesday about showing good character. In math we are going to continue learning about numbers to 20. We will focus specifically on the teens as they are sometimes the most difficult. In social studies we will continue to have the special person of the day and have class discussions while answering in complete sentences. Read the fun games to play while in the car below. (These are especially great if you are traveling over Thanksgiving!)
 10 Road Trip Games to Play in the Car
By uss_mom, on January 30th, 2011
Have fun and safe travels!
1. I Spy Game
While in the car ask your child to look at billboards, road signs, license plates and buildings to find the letters of the alphabet in order. For instance, to find an ‘A’-the child might see Applebee’s and say it aloud, then move on to finding a sign or billboard with the letter B. To make it more challenging, if the child is old enough, she can write down all of the words she found.
2. I’m Going to the Beach and …..
This is a good memory game for car rides, restaurants, or anywhere that requires you to sit still. One person starts the game by saying, ‘I’m going to the beach and I’m going to bring my ….’ Fill in the blank with anything you want, ‘flip flops’ for example. The next person then repeats the first line and adds another item, ‘I’m going to the beach and I’m going to bring my flip flops and my sunblock,’ for example. Play continues around the group with each person repeating the items mentioned and adding their own at the end. Each player must begin with the phrase ‘I’m going to the beach…’ and they must list all items in their correct order. The game starts over when someone forgets an item or messes up the order. It’s fun to change around the opening line, also. Instead of the beach you can go to the park, store, grandma’s house, or wherever.
3. True or False?
Teach your child the meaning of truth and exaggeration. Say two sentences and ask her to tell which one is true. For instance: 1. We went to the grocery store to buy eggs or 2. We flew a space ship to the grocery store to buy a tiger. The older a child is, the more nuance you can make differences between the sentences.
4. Where I Live
All kids should know their address, but sometimes it’s hard for little ones to memorize it. Help them by making your address part of a rhyme. Here are some examples: When I see my house I start to holler: ‘That’s where I live, #57 Waller!’; I do not live in a cave or canyon, I live right here at 33 Stanyan; I like Oak Street, it likes me, My door has the number 673; I live on 3rd Street, it’s just like heaven, and the number on the door is one thirty seven.”
5. Give Me a Hard One to Guess
This game is a variation of ’20 questions’. You say to your child, ‘I have a hard one to guess.’ Then you start giving clues, one by one. For example, say to your 3 year old, ‘It’s small.’ Then she would take a guess. If it was not correct, give her another clue. ‘It eats and drinks.’ If she still didn’t guess it, continue giving out clues. ‘It needs to be walked every day.” The answer: ‘It’s our puppy.’ This game is most useful in restaurants and on road trips.
6. Memory Master
Tell your child to stare at a picture in a catalog, a page of their favorite book, a road map, or the contents of your purse or diaper bag. After 60 seconds, your child should look away and you, as Memory Master, can quiz your child about what he or she has seen. Then you can switch and your child can be the Memory Master and quiz you. Kids really enjoy when the tables are turned.
7. Our House Memory Game
Look at your house with your child and discuss what it looks like – the colors, size, house number, etc. Then, while away from your house, ask your child questions about its characteristics. For instance, “What color is our front door?” or “Do we have a tree in our front yard?” or “Is our house on the second story or first story?” Teaching this game can enhance your child’s recollection abilities and teach new and descriptive words. You can also play this game with neighbors’ houses or relatives’ houses.
8. To Tell a Tale Game
To Tell a Tale works like this: Give the first player a pen to use as a microphone. She begins a story and when she passes the pen, the next person continues it. You can pass it back and forth, if it’s just the two of you, but the beauty of this game is that it is so easily adaptable to having more people play along.
9. Rhyme Time
This is an easy rhyming game. The parent starts by saying, ‘I’m thinking of a word that rhymes with ____ and it starts with ___.’ For example, you could say ‘I’m thinking of a word that rhymes with BED and it starts with H.’ Your child would then yell out ‘HEAD’. For older kids, you don’t have to provide the starting letter.
10. The Counting Game
Count blue vans, or count red cars, find 10 horses, count signs, billboards, police cars. Count water towers. How many people pass you on the highway? — count them too! There are endless possibilities.