As a mum and teacher who doesn’t love a little literacy hack. So here’s 3 literacy hacks that you can use at home or in the classroom!!
Did you know that most 5-7 year olds have incredibly vivid imaginations, so these 3 literacy hacks will boost that imaginative play, and extend on their literacy development at the same time. Better yet? All these items can be found in the shops that most of you will have access to – Bunnings, Spotlight, Kmart and even Amazon (have you created an account yet? If not, maybe don’t, it can be dangerous – just like Kmart…)
Magic Sight Words
- Grab some wooden discs, I grabbed our from Amazon however they are also available in Bunnings and Spotlight
- Invisible spy pens from Kmart
- Create a small world theme where you can incorporate a path
Then let the magic take over! Using those pens write the sight words (or any words – maybe even letters depending on the age of the kids!) on those wooden discs. Now get creative and set up a cute path in that small world. The kids then use their lights to shine over each step and read out the word written on it!
You could even extend on this and encourage them to have a piece of paper (or their workbooks next to them) where they need to record the words that they have found!
High Frequency Word Game
Do you know what I love most? When I combine fine motor, gross motor and literacy together! It’s a whole body experience, and this one doesn’t disappoint!
Head to Kmart and grab the bean bag toss game, and add on your CVC words (make it fun by adding words that don’t make sense too!) As you toss the bean bag, read the word that you hit. While it’s being used with words, this can be used for so many other possibilities like mathematics, science and even a creative experience!
Mini Magnet Game
The mini magnet boards are the perfect size for little hands and the best thing about them is they are erasable. Mistakes can be erased quickly which is a brilliant concept for reluctant writers.
Grab a sharpie and a ruler and you could make:
- Sound boxes
- Syllable boxes
- Letters on the line
- Place value
The possibilities are endless with this quick, cheap, and easy little literacy hack. The fact that it is interactive and easy to remove mistakes give children who are reluctant a confidence boost.
Where will you be heading first? You know I’m always down for a Kmart run 😉 Then you just need to decide which literacy hack you want to try first!