Huge thanks to an extraordinary educator and parent, Kim Vij, for guest posting for us for this final Rockstar Sunday of the summer.
Kim is a great friend of mine, and I am continually amazed by her creativity and ideas over on the blog she writes, The Educators’ Spin on It, along with her pal, the awesome Amanda Boyarshinov.
These two ladies are rocking it over on Pinterest with 1.5 million–yes, million!–followers.
Go find them. And then follow them. You’ll be glad you did.
Today, Kim shares with us a fun, summertime activity great for early literacy skill-building.
Or, if you want this activity to have a mathy-spin, go right ahead and throw in some numbers. The possibilities are endless.
Here’s the skinny. . .
- Learn with Seashells– Letters and Sight Words, by Kim Vij:
Finding playful ways to incorporate learning and fun in the summer is something parents and teachers try to provide for kids.
We look for summer camps that kids love but still look at what they will take away from the camps as far as learning new skills, too. One focus that we want kids to keep is their language development and reading abilities.
Here’s a fun sight word game that is summer themed that your child will love! And it will give you a great use for all of those shells you’ve collected over the last few weeks!
(Or if you haven’t had a chance to hit the shore this year, buy your seashells on Amazon: buy seashells.)
To create, first gather some sea shells from the beach or even at your local craft store. You will need at least 26 shells for each letter. Now it’s time to research the words our child should be working on. Here’s a list of Dolch Words or Fry Words for each grade level from Kindergarten to Third Grade.
Use the words that your child should be working on and write them down on a sheet of paper with your child. Here’s a blank circle template for printing. Then attach the circles to a few funs pieces of scrapbook paper to make it colorful.
Next take the seashells and add all of the letters of the alphabet onto each shell. Put the shells in a fun container. We added ours to some colorful cloud dough we created recently. Sand would be fun too to use in the container.
For the Summer Sight Word activity encourage your child to spell on the sight words using the shells.
It’s time to search for the letters needed to create the site words on your game board. Create enough words so that you can switch the search around too!
To extend the activity you could have your child write down the words that they find. Here’s a shell word printable.
For more Literacy Sea Shell Activities you may enjoy:
Kim Vij is an early childhood educator and mom of three. She shares her “Educator’s Spin” on parenting issues and how to make everyday moments into learning opportunities at The Educators’ Spin On It and award winning Pinterest Boards. You can find Kim on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Google +.
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This post is part of our new Rockstar Sunday posts. Each week, I will highlight one ‘rockstar’ in the parenting and education field. These posts? Seriously awesome.
The response to our Rockstar Sunday feature has been overwhelming. I am in awe of the ideas, submissions, and shares!
Having been in the blogging space for 5+ years, we know for sure that our readers are always up for fresh and fun ideas on literacy, math, technology, parenting, and learning in the every day. They love crafts, hands-on teaching ideas, printables, cooking with kids, and anything that makes their job as parents easier, better, and more fun.
You don’t have to have a blog of your own–just cool ideas to share! We look forward to hearing from you!
other posts in the series:
- letter sounds using 26 kid-centered photos
- play with letters or numbers: cool summer learning for kids
- patriotic flags: shrinky dinks
- how to keep your kids hydrated
- 10 ways to create a literacy rich environment
- help your kids love science
- gallon ziploc bag activities
- getting kids to love reading with lit club
- fractions with FOOD!
- sweet, sparkly flower craft
- toddler shapes
- tons more!
fyi: affiliate links used in this post for seashells