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Put On Your Dunce Cap

You’ve all heard the phrase “Put on your thinking caps”, right? Well, this is sort of like that, but the opposite version. There are many times when we, as parents and teachers, act a bit “slower” than we are for the sake of giving our children an extra boost of confidence to discover things on their own. This is what my phrase “Put on your dunce cap” is all about!

If you’ve ever stared in open-eyed amazement at a five year old who just found you in your “impossible to find” hiding spot during a round of hide-and-seek, you know exactly what I mean.

This pretend lapse of intelligence on your part is sometimes just the thing your child needs to get motivated and involved in a learning game. It gives them such gratification to find out new things while getting the chance to “teach” you something for a change. So go ahead and put your dunce cap on for some extra fun during the lessons, games, and activities that you do with your child!

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Silly Sentences – Lesson Idea #21

Use this activity as a review for letters you’ve worked with. You can do this one whether your child knows how to read or not. Your purpose is to reinforce the letter shape and sound in a fun way.

  1. Write a silly sentence so that all of the words in it begin with the same letter and sound. For example: Handsome Henry hugs happy hyenas.
  2. Read the sentence aloud and have them repeat it with you. They can also try to say it fast several times. Ask your child what letter and sound they think is special in this sentence – /h/.
  3. Ask your child to think of other words that start with the same letter and sound. List what they come up with and go over the words.
  4. Some other sample sentences:
  • Jolly Johnny jiggles Jackie’s jewels.
  • Silly Sam says scallops soak soda.

The listing of words can also help develop your child’s vocabulary. Get ready for tongue twisters!

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I Spy – Lesson Idea # 20

An oldie but a goodie. You can play this with the focus being on sounds or letters. This helps develop their ability to match sounds and/or letters with objects and reinforce their knowledge of word meanings. Play at home, in the car, at the store, at the mall, or anywhere!

  1. Pick some random object in your surroundings that begins with the sound or letter that you’d like to work on.
  2. Say “I spy with my little eye, something that begins with the sound/letter ____.”
    You can have your child repeat the rhyme when giving you the answer. Then they can even take a turn asking you to find an object!
  • Take this opportunity to discuss meanings of words they don’t know by choosing/pointing out objects they may not be familiar with.