A Simple Change

We have found it a struggle to get BBC to focus on learning site words. As I think most folks do, we began by using flash cards. He did well in the beginning but his interest waned quickly. It got to be a struggle to even pull the cards out.

One day I had a simple idea to write a site word on a platter with a dry erase marker. He was immediately interested. He wanted to write on the platter, too. So we turned it into a game. The more we played the more excited we both were with the concept.

Here are just a few of the reasons why…

1. Learning site words is now a fun game and not a frustrating chore
2. We practice setting goals (Get 10 site words to get reward)
3. We practice math (If you have 2 checks how many more checks do you need until reward?)
4. It shows progress (You didn’t know that one word, but look – you have recognized seven already. You are almost there – keep going!)
5. We are spending quality time together

One day BBC grabbed the platter and his site words and became the teacher. I played along because not only was he reinforcing his site word recognition and math skills, he was now practicing writing those site words as well. Talk about a proud momma!
Oh and the reward? Another simple idea. BBC wanted to draw on the platter.

What are some simple changes that have made all the difference in the world for you?

~Southern Fried Gal

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  • Amanda @ Serenity Now
    March 16, 2010

    That’s a great idea!! :) Gorgeous platter, by the way. Is it SL@H???

  • ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie
    March 16, 2010

    I want a platter to draw on! Gorgeous and fun!!

  • Ruby Red Slippers
    March 17, 2010

    Great idea…I am a reading specialist…and work with kids that need help with spelling-another great idea is to have them put a piece of paper over a piece of sand paper and use a crayon to write the word…the texture makes it interesting!

  • Sherry
    March 17, 2010

    What a cool platter that you can write on! Where did you get it?

  • Shady Lady!
    March 18, 2010

    We bought a little dry erase board a few years back – one side is lined. We practice math & writing on it in bed at night for about 15 minutes. My son has loved that special time together as a family for the past 3 years, and I think it really helped him learn the basics.

  • Merrie
    March 18, 2010

    What an innovative and clever idea! Glad it’s helping. FYI- sight reading didnt work for my kids. They were in public school, but I taught them phonics at home. They’re great readers!

  • Anonymous
    March 18, 2010

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