Gone longer than expected…

I don’t want to make this a particularly long post but I know in the last post I said we would be gone for a while, while we set up YouTube. After much thought I decided against the idea. It’s been the longest that I’ve gone without posting. To be honest after I decided not to go down the YouTube route, I didn’t really know what direction the blog was going and decided to take some time out for myself. Home educating can be hard work at times and so it’s really important I have down time.

I want to start this blog up again but simply as a casual thing for friends and family to follow (and anyone else who is interested of course) which is actually what I originally intended when setting it up. I will still offer educational ideas and I do want to start making free downloadable content for my readers as I do really appreciate the support. I just wanted people to know that with life being so busy I cannot commit to weekly posts at the moment… I’m going to aim for once a month, maybe once a fortnight kind of thing.

I sincerely apologise for the absence and hopefully by setting myself some boundaries, I can continue to produce great content that others enjoy. Please let me know what kind of thing you’d like to see on here and I’ll do my best to put something together.

I know this was a bit long winded but I wanted to be 100% honest with my readers as I value you all very much. I want to thank all my readers and followers for sticking with me through my absence.

Spielgaben: Activity 3

As part of our Spielgaben series, this week we have been exploring the alphabet.

In this activity children will learn lowercase letter recognition. This activity in particular is designed to improve early reading skills. As always, although this is a Spielgaben activity, I will do my best to provide alternative ways to get involved at the end of this blog, even if you don’t own a Spielgaben.

I would recommend this activity for children aged 3+ but obviously it doesn’t matter what age your child is as your knowledge on their ability will be more relevant.

All you will need is the Alphabet Grids which are free to download and five medium circles from the number 9 Spielgaben drawer in whatever colour you prefer. It may also be beneficial to have some lowercase sandpaper letters for this exercise, although it’s not a deal breaker – some lowercase flashcards would also be fine if you have them.

If you would like the grid in a specific font then please feel free to drop me a message and I will do my best to assist you.

The objective is simple; encourage the child to identify the most common letter on the grid by placing the circles on the correct squares. There should be five of the same letter on each grid among a selection of other random letters. Take it slow – keep doing the same grid over the space of a couple of days before moving on to another. Most children learn best by repetition.

I also find sounding the letter out the same way as I taught animal noises effective. For example ‘This is the letter E. E says (or makes the sound) eh’.

If you don’t own a Spielgaben then instead, why not get your child to colour in the letters? Or you can use some hair ties or rubber bands to place on the correct squares.

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