Slap a word!

I was searching for fun games for learning sight words and came across one where your kid slaps the words. Here is the original post about it. I wasn’t sure what words I wanted to start Sophia with at first. I looked at word lists from different websites. I ended up going with the “Tricky” words from Sophia’s Teach Your Monster to Read game (read about it here). I like to cross reference and relate things to each other as much as possible for a solid foundation. So this seemed like a great idea to me, at least.

Tricky word list we used for the slap game
Tricky word list we used for the slap game

Materials needed:

  • Sticky notes (I bought sticky notes in a multi-color pack, because more colors means more fun 😉
  • Pen
  • A list of words

First, pick out a list of words you want to use. These could be lists from school, favorite books, tv shows (like Wally Kazaam), games, or a list you found online, anything really.

When I told Sophia I had a slapping word game in mind for her, she was all excited. She set off to cleaning up her toys and books from the table so we’d have room to play (win-win situation 😀 ). She wanted to be the one to write out the words. So I showed the picture with the words and she wrote them first and then I wrote the word on the paper after her.

Writing out words
Writing out words

We started the game with 4 words. (Keep them spaced out so there room for slapping 😉 ) I called the word and she had to find it, slap it with her hand, and call it out. After she found all 4 she called them out for me to find, slap, and call out. 😀 Then we added 2 more words, played again, and so on until we had all 11 of them. 11 was pushing Sophia’s limit (she is after all still 3 for a few more months anyway). I honestly think she was enjoying writing the words out the most 🙂

Our game words
Our game words

After we played out the 11 words Sophia wanted to go play more of the monster game to get more “Trickies” so we could add more words.

New list of Tricky words. She caught more after we played the slap game
New list of Tricky words. She caught more after we played the slap game

Teach Your Monster to Read

I just recently discovered this amazing FREE website: Teach Your Monster to Read. I had been hesitating on trying it out since I didn’t want Sophia using my laptop but a wireless mouse was the perfect solution. I set up Sophia’s account which took a few minutes.

Teach your monster to read
Teach your monster to read

You get to pick from 3 different learning levels, which is fantastic. I was so happy we could skip over learning the alphabet sounds portion since Sophia already knows it and would have got bored with it very quickly.

unlocked letter sounds
Sophia’s unlocked letter sounds

She started on the second level and has been having a blast with it. She has played it several times and has learned about these letter sounds so far: ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee.

tricky words
tricky words

She’s also learning and practicing non-decodable words like: he, she, the, to, we, me, be, was, no, go. It is even working on reading comprehension of short sentences.

Here are pictures of few of the different types of games you get to pick from.

Space game
Space game
save the bear game
save the bear game
balloon game
balloon game

Try it out Teach Your Monster to Read and see if it is for you. It’s free after all 🙂

Upper and Lowercase Free Printable

When Sophia was obsessed with learning the alphabet, at 2 years old, I found her both upper and lowercase letters to trace.

It is serious work learning your letters
It is serious work learning your letters

Tracing the alphabet really helped her with her letter recognition.

Letter learning fun
Letter learning fun

I really liked the ones I found from here: http://earlylearning.momtrusted.com/2013/08/rainbow-letters-coloring-pages-free-printables-for-beginning-writers-preschoolers/

Learning lowercase letters
Learning lowercase letters

Sophia was so excited to do them and I had to have a big stack printed out ready 🙂

Product Review: Leapfrog DVDs

The Letter Factory
The Letter Factory

Sophia learned her alphabet and the sounds they make when she was 2. That was all thanks to the Leapfrog Letter Factory DVD. It’s is such a great show. It has a catchy song and it is very entertaining.

The Letter Factory
The Letter Factory

When she was two she loved it so much she wanted to watch nothing else. She’s nearly 4 and we still watch it every once in a while to reinforce what she learned (she asks for it herself).

There are other DVDs in this series as well.

The Talking Words Factory
The Talking Words Factory
The Talking Words Factory
The Talking Words Factory

Our other favorites are the Talking Words Factory which is great for learning about how words are put together, and Math Circus which is a great intro to counting 1-10 and by tens to one hundred and addition and subtraction.

The Math Circus
The Math Circus
The Math Circus
The Math Circus

I highly recommend any of these DVD’s to parents. If your kids are going to have screen time you might as well make it count 🙂