Does this scene sound familiar? You are trying to fix dinner and your children are running in and out of the kitchen asking you questions, tattling on each other, and causing each other grief as only siblings know how to do so well. It doesn't exactly look like a scene from Leave it to Beaver that you an envisioned, right? What's a parent to do? In these cases, the best thing to do is divide and conquer. Keep one child with you and send the other(s) to another room to do something productive like homework.
You can teach a quick Common Core lesson with your child who is spending time in the kitchen with you while you prepare dinner. As a parent you quickly learned the fine art of multi-tasking so this should be easy for you.
You will need the following supplies: rubberbands, salt, and a pie plate.
You will pour salt into the pie plate. Your child will "write" with his/her finger in the salt.
The large rubberbands that are used for files work best.
First, give your child a rubberband. Say a word and ask your child to stretch out the word. I found a really good article that explains this activity that you should read. Click HERE.
Next, say a word and ask your child to write the word using his/her finger in the salt pie plate. After writing the word, your child will spell the word to you and then use it in a sentence. Then ask your child to name 2 words that rhymes with that word.
Here are some word cards that you can print. Punch a hole at the top and put on a shower curtain ring. Then you can keep these in a handy spot in your kitchen so they'll be ready the next time when you need them.
Click HERE to download the word cards.
Click HERE for more word list.
Common Core Standards:
RF.1.2. Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
RF.1.3. Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
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