It’s been fun and interesting having a kindergartner at home while teaching kindergarten! I especially love when I sing a song or read a book her teacher has read and she thinks I’m a sorcerer because I know it too.
One of the best things about teaching the same grade level as your child is getting creative ideas from your child’s teacher, as well using many of the activities you use in your classroom, at home, or vice versa.
An example is my refrigerator Scrabble center. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I am a word nerd and LOVE Scrabble, Words with Friends, and any other word game. So, when I saw these magnetic Scrabble letters, I knew I had to have them. We’ve used them in so many ways at home and I am incorporating them into my classroom centers.
You can find the FREEBIE with the printables shown in my FREE resource library.
Here are some ideas:
- Upper-lowercase match: Place the tiles on your magnetic surface- file cabinet, vent unit, whiteboard, etc. We use the Fundations phonics program, so I place them to mimic their format (rows end in f, l, s, z). Have magnetic letters on the side (mixed up) and students match the lowercase letters to the uppercase ones.
- Dot Sticker Match: Don’t have enough magnetic letters? Simply write the lowercase letters on dot stickers and students can match the Scrabble tiles to the dot stickers. TIP: Use painting tape on your surface before adding the dot stickers. This will enable you to simply peel the painting tape in one piece, rather than peeling each dot sticker.
- Word Addition: Have students build cvc or sight words with the tiles and add the small numbers to find the ‘value’ of their words. For an extra challenge, ask students to build a word that’s worth 10, 12, 15 points, etc. Your FREEBIE includes sheets for all 5 vowels!
- Use as a mini-word wall: You can mix up the words and have students place them where they belong. Make word wall cards by laminating and placing magnets behind them, or print your words and stick them onto a magnetic sheet (affiliate link below). Students can use magnetic letters to build the words as well.
- Sight Word Building: define a rectangular space with painting tape for kids to build sight words from your word wall, using the Scrabble tiles or just magnetic letters.
- Picture match– Match pictures to beginning sounds. I’ve made a freebie for you to use! Just print the picture sheet, laminate, and stick onto a magnetic sheet (affiliate link below). Click here to visit my FREE resource library and find the file called Free Magnetic Picture Match.
- Scrabble! (kind of) Students start with one word (you can place the starter word). They build words that connect to any of the letters, like a crossword puzzle or Scrabble game. Students can play by themselves, continuing to build words by adding on, or play with a partner and take turns building words.
Click the pictures below to order via Amazon. These Scrabble tiles are super magnetic and won’t end up all over your floor. The magnetic sheets were easy to use- I just printed my picture page, peeled the plastic off the magnetic sheet, and place my laminated picture page on top, then cut.
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