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We play simple games like this to help our 2 year old with reading.  She loves these games, and they last only a couple minutes, so she never gets bored or feels like it’s ‘learning’!

We usually have a pile of animals or something, and the word cards.  I’ll tell her what one says and show it to her, and ask her to match the animal to it.  After we’ve done that, if she still wants to do more, I spread out the word cards and get her to match them, helping her if she doesn’t remember what they say.  It’s mostly just to get her to look at the cards and be told what they say, in a fun way!  The trick is to stop before the child is bored, so they always want to do it and don’t associate it with boredom.

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This is great for writing practice, math, and learning about flowers at the same time!  Staple together some paper, and have your child write a title on the front.

Then on each page, make a space for the name of the flower, the date, the height of the flower (bring a tape measure with you outside), and where it was found.  Have your child draw a picture of the flower below the info.

                       

On a yummy food note, I edited my recipe for my Sugar Free Granola Bars by doubling the amounts because you get a more normal amount that way.  AND today I did a little variation on it, only using part of the mixture as a test.  I put peanut butter in it and oh my goodness it’s awesome!  Next time, I’ll do the whole recipe with peanut butter added, and figure out what the measurements should be.  I can post it on here when I have it perfected.

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This is a fun way to practice and review letter sounds.

I got this idea from a book we have called ‘Entertaining and Educating Young Children’ by Usborne.  Get an empty cereal box and cut a long hole in the front.  I used a pocket knife, and it came out crooked, but it didn’t matter.

The book says to use letters written on paper but I used our foam bath letters to save time, since they’re already there.  You put the pile of letters, (or only about 5 of them so it’s easier for the child to find them) in front the child.  The letters we used are from Mothercare, and are the lower case ones.

You simply say something like, ‘Find the ‘mmmm’ to send to the monkey!’  And the child finds it and posts it in the ‘post box.’  I also threw in the name of the letter for added review, ‘See if you can find the ‘g’ gggggg, to send to the gorilla!’  She loved this, and kept wanting to do more when we finished all the letters, so then we did the numbers.  ‘Send the 4 to the cat!’

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