Thursday, January 14, 2016

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Spelling With LEGOS!

This week we have been using LEGOS® for creative building projects, math, spelling, science, and more!  Today I'm highlighting how we used LEGOS to practice spelling words with an -ing suffix.

Obviously this spelling lesson is for older young children.  Our preschoolers simply had fun building with the lettered bricks.  If you build with them, you can use the play time to teach letters and sounds by asking for and talking about specific bricks: "Can you hand me an "m" brick?" "Oooh, you put the "h" brick right on top of that robot!"  "Would you like a "p" brick?"

Kindergarten kiddos can spell words with lettered LEGO bricks you provide or read words that you put together.

To make the lettered bricks, write the letters you need on a LEGO brick with a permanent marker.  Super easy!  It's even removable: the next day I moistened the LEGOS I wanted to clean with water and wiped the letter off with a paper towel.  It required a little bit of rubbing, but it does clean off.

Once your children are old enough that you actually have reading and spelling lessons, you will find they love working with LEGOS much more than with pencils and paper.  Word endings and suffixes are easy concepts that simply require a little practice to spell perfectly right every time.  Practicing with LEGOS is infinitely more fun than practicing on paper!

Besides just being fun, the physical manipulation of the letters required to change the words helps my dyslexic child cement the process in her mind and transfer it successfully to writing.  It was the most pleasant spelling lesson we've had in ages!  I think we will be using LEGOS for lots of spelling practice in the future!

I am a huge fan of child-led and child-focused education.  I chose to work on the -ing suffix because I noticed recently that my child was spelling words like "making" without removing the "e."  I kept seeing this spelling: makeing.  It only took two minutes to explain the rule (cvcv verbs that end in "e" require removing the "e" before adding the "ing"), model it once, and then let my child practice with a few more words.  It was quick, easy, and effective!  And all my kids have enjoyed playing with the lettered LEGO bricks!

Do you love LEGOS too?  Then you will want to check out our Penguin Ice Cube LEGO mat and Groundhog Day graphing activity!  Also be sure to check back soon for more LEGO learning fun!

Our entire Early Elemenetary Blogging Team is sharing loads of fun ways to incorporate LEGOS into your learning fun!  Check out these great ideas: 

Hands-On Synonym Blocks Matching Game from Raising Little Superhereos
Spelling With LEGOS! from Preschool Powol Packets
LEGO Boat Engineering Challenge from Handmade Kids Art
Using LEGO to find Syllables from Rainy Day Mum
Area and Perimeter with Lego Duplos from School Time Snippets
Plural Nouns with LEGO from Still Playing School
Combinations of Ten Using Lego Figures from Lemon Lime Adventures
Estimating and Probability with LEGO from Planet Smarty Pants
Lego Bar Graphs for First Grade from Look We're Learning
Exploring Symmetry with a Lego Firefly from Crafty Kids at Home
Pick Two: A Fun LEGO Math Game from Creative Family Fun

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Kristina said...

Such a great idea!!