Are your homeschool kids bored with conventional reading and writing worksheets? Get them up and out of their seats with this active participation reading and writing game. This free homeschool lesson plan is all about relating the written word to everyday objects. Say goodbye to fidgeting kids and boring repetition. All you need is a stack of sticky notes and a pen or pencil. For the writing variation, you will also need some old magazines, glue and white paper. Surprise your homeschool kids with this active reading and writing game.
Sticky Note Find a Word Basic Game
Write the names of common household objects on a pad of sticky notes. Make sure the objects fit the child’s reading level. For instance, use words like ball for the younger kids and words like cupboard for the older ones. Hand out the sticky notes one at a time. Kids then read what the object is and stick the note to that object.
Make It Fun
This game becomes a lot of fun by using words like boy, leg or arm. Soon the kids will be laughing and giggling, sticking notes to each other. For the older kids, you can give clues in the reading lesson, such as, stick me where Dad works, or stick me to Mom’s favorite book. Use your imagination to liven up learning.
Now the sticky notes are all over the house. Why should you have to clean up after this homeschool lesson plan? Just have a contest to see who can bring the most back to you. The catch? They must read the note when they return it. Just stack up a pile for each kid and see who wins. Next time you play, be sure to give a different stack to each kid. That way they learn all the words.
Take It Outside
This homeschool lesson plan can be even more fun when taken to the back yard. You can even play it at the park, or on a walk. Be sure kids collect all the sticky notes. Talk to them about littering and why it’s wrong to put an environmental spin on the lesson. Don’t forget, the sticky notes can be saved for another time as well.
Change It Up
Now they know how to read the words, how about writing them? Use up that stack of old magazines by cutting out pictures of everyday objects. Once again, be sure the pictures fit the child’s reading level. Glue the pictures to plain white paper. Have kids practice writing the name of the object on the paper. To make it simpler, draw lines or use lined paper for younger kids.
No Cutting Required
For this variation, hand kids each a pad of sticky notes, a magazine and a pencil. Have them find pictures in the magazine. They can stick a blank note to the page and write the name of the object on the sticky note. Now take the notes off, stick them to the front of the magazine and hand the magazine to the next child. They can find the pictures in the magazine and stick the notes to them.