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Election Day Options for Little Learners

Election Day Options for Little Learners: The REAL election is far too grusome to share with little ones, so here are a few alternatives that will help the kiddos learn in a way they can understand

 I'm tired of watching the attack ads all over the tv, my phone ringing constantly, getting flyer after flyer in the mail, and the signs all over town. Luckily, this campaign season is almost over, thank goodness!

 I also think it's important to teach the importance of the election to the little ones.  
But in a gentler, kinder fashion.

We vote for our favorite indoor recess game! Click the above image or click HERE for this freebie for Election Day.  It includes ballots, graphs, and suggestions for the day.

We've been working on common and proper nouns, so I've cooked up this matching game with an election theme. I find ANY special day makes learning more fun, doesn't it? This set has several options, including a board game. You can learn more about this set HERE, or by clicking the image.

There's a smaller, freebie version of this activity, which can be found here:

Kids always need brain breaks, and squeezing in a little patriotism doesn't hurt! Click the image or click HERE to download this freebie!

Here are a few books I've found with an election theme. Be sure to click the images for an affiliate link to Amazon for more information!

Don't forget the Patriotic Music!

(Click each image for an affiliate link to Amazon for more information.)

How do you honor election day with your little ones?

Seven Strategies to Help Children Remember Spelling Words

Seven Strategies to help children remember spelling words - based on research, here are seven ideas to help those kiddos who struggle to remember spelling!
Some children remember sight words easily, but there are others who have a hard time remembering the spelling of words that don't follow the rules. 

Here are a few strategies, based on research, that will help kiddos remember spelling words.

1.  Spell it aloud! The act of saying the letters along with hearing the letters helps the pathways form in the brain.

2. Get them moving! Studies show a connection between movement and memory. Students can bounce a basketball while spelling, jump while spelling, or even do interpretive dance while spelling the words. 

3. Integrate Music! Ever notice how you can remember song lyrics from years ago that you never even tried to memorize? Music is closely connected to memory! Make up a little tune to the spelling of the words, or have the children make it up!

4. Integrate Art! Have the children write the spelling words, then make up a design around them. Or, you could have them paint their words! 

5. Color code! Brains really connect to colors! Have the children write the words using one color for vowels, and one color for consonants.

6. Hands on! Use blocks, toothpicks, pipe cleaners or other manipulatives to create the words.

7. Talk about them! Get the kiddos to have conversations about their words. They can talk about the letters that follow the rules, and the letters that DON'T follow the rules. (Add color coding to this one, and that doubles the chance they'll remember the spelling!)

Want more ideas?  
Seven Strategies to help children remember spelling words - based on research, here are seven ideas to help those kiddos who struggle to remember spelling!

HERE is a set of task cards with 48 color and 48 black and white task cards that can be used with any spelling list! These cards contain activities based on research that include integrating the arts, multi-modality, and multiple intelligences.   This set of sight word practice task cards is perfect for a word work center, homework, or extra practice in any setting. 
Seven Strategies to help children remember spelling words - based on research, here are seven ideas to help those kiddos who struggle to remember spelling!

Even or Odd? A Game for Two Students

Even or Odd: A Game for two students.  This game requires nothing but fingers, but it's a great way to practice even and odd numbers.

I played a game with my students this week, since we were studying even and odd numbers. 

I remember doing this activity as a child.
I don't remember what we called it.
I don't remember much about it at all, so I shared with my students what I remembered, and made up the rest.

It worked.

Here's how we did it.

1 .Children chose partners.
2. The partners decided who would represent even, and who would represent odd.
3. Players stood facing each other with one hand behind their back.
4. One partner said, "One, two, three, shoot!"
5. On "shoot," each player shoots out 0, 1, or 2 fingers. 
6. Both players determine if the total fingers is even or odd, and that player gets a point for that round.
7. Play continues until time runs out, with players keeping track of how many points for "even" or "odd."

A more advanced version: use up to 5 fingers for each draw.

Another way: use dice, add them, odd or even gets a point. They can keep tallies on a whiteboard to keep score.  Playing cards would work, too!

All my games end with a handshake and the words, "good game!"

I had all my students playing with partners at the same time. Of course, I had to join in the fun since I have an odd number of students. 

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