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Phonics Gameboard/Phonogram gameboard

Phonogram Gameboard. Use as a review or game board.  Contains most of the phonograms.

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Posted by on November 22, 2008 in Games for Learning

 

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Treasure Island Board Game

Did find my pirate one,alhamdulillah, took me a while as I had entitled it “Treasure Island” instead of “pirate.”

It includes markers and skill cards for addition facts with sums greater than 10 and then multiplication facts, x3s and above.

Treasure Island/Pirate Printable Board Game: math-board-game-treasure-island

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2008 in Games for Learning

 

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Flower Board Game

 Here is a little flower generic board game that I made for my six year olds several months back.

Its a generic board game that you could make up facts/skills cards for any subject and play. It includes printable markers and instructions.

board-game-flowers  (PDF)

Got a pirate one around here somewhere that I made for addition and multiplication facts, insha Allah will post IF I can find it.

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2008 in Games for Learning

 

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Making learning fun

This question comes up frequently in my homeschooing groups: How can I make learning fun?

One of the easiest ways I’ve found to make learning enjoyable is to play games.  You can turn boring drill work into fun by making a game of it. 

A few ideas:

Tic Tac Toe. We made this into a learning game years ago by things such as math facts in the squares. You can also use skill cards so that you don’t have to write on the board. We’ve done spelling with this by requiring that a word be spelled correctly before placing a mark.  Here’s an article from Associated Content with more uses of tic tac toe as a learning game.

Then there’s always Bingo or a variation called cover up where the players must cover the whole board.

If you are teaching Arabic, games are a sure way, insha Allah, to liven up that subject for kids.

Last week, during teaching of the Arabic alphabet, we played what I think is our all time favorite type of game and its excellent for drill. I’m  not sure what the name of the game is, but we vary it and just call it the stairs game.  You draw a picture on the whiteboard or paper of some stairs or a ladder or a tree. On the steps, rungs, or on apples in the tree, you place Arabic or English letters, math facts, etc.  If doing the stairs or ladder, I draw a treat (lollipop, slice of pizza, etc) on the top.  Players must read correctly what is on the steps to advance.  To provide more drill, if one of my kids answers incorrectly, I make them go all the way down to the bottom (but try to be encouraging). This way, they get more practice.  I also tell them the correct answer if they got it wrong before they try to go up the steps again.  Sometimes the drawn treat suffices, sometimes I offer a real treat at the end or end of the day.

This worked extremely well for Arabic last week. I had the kids pretend that they were on a game show and had them introduce themeselves and tell a little bit about themselves. We made sound effects for correct answers and applauded them. They had a blast. It was so great to see them so excited about Arabic, masha Allah. 

Often, we turn flashcard review time into games as well on the fly.

So if you are looking for ways to make learning fun, try a game. They are great for practice/drill work. 

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How about adding a physical element to it?

Sometimes I have the kids do a funny physical activity after answering a question such as hop, skip, or kiss someone.  Or I might have them take a step towards a goal across the room for each correct answer. When my oldest daughter was learning suratul fatihah years ago, I would have her take a step forward towards me (at the other end of the room) for each ayah recited correctly.

 
 

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Short Vowel Phonics Board Games

I made up a few board games for my six year old who is working on the short vowels a, i, and o.

Short vowel a CVC words

Short vowel i CVC words

Short vowel o CVC words

Insha Allah, as we go along, I’ll be making more games/activities to post.

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2008 in Games for Learning, Phonics

 

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Games for Learning

 

Several years ago, I came across an excellent series of books by Peggy Kaye which listed/explained many learning games. Books in the series included “Games for Learning,” “Games for Math,” and “Games for Reading.” These books were very helpful and I highly recommend them. I found them in my local library.

Games are a very effective way to teach/reinforce concepts as well as to engage reluctant learners.

I belong to a yahoo group where members share game ideas for learning:

They have an archive of games which members may download games from, definitely worth checking out.

Also, the Games for Learning yahoo group is hosted by the owner of this site:

http://www.angelfire.com/wi2/GamesForLearning/

where you can find lots of learning game ideas as well.

 

 

Today we played one of my favorite games from the Peggy Kaye series. It is called “Speed Contest.”

It is a game to practice spelling but can also be used for penmanship as well.

We are working on “ck”words in phonics so we used the “ck” word list that we are working on.

Taking one word at a time, we compete to see who can write the word the most times in 45 seconds. Now of course adults have an unfair advantage as they already know how to spell the word and their motor skills are generally better. So to even things up, the adult has to write the word 3x as much as the student.

Now when I usually try to settle my rambunctious one down to study, it’s quite a task ( I have to hunt him down, usually). But once we started playing this game, he loved it! I was going to stop and he wanted to go on, so of course I gladly indulged him. We also worked math into it as he counted the words he had and then I wrote a multiplication number sentence to show that I had to write 3x as much as he did and he would count up the number of times I wrote the selected word.

 

 

So if you find yourself getting into a rut or skipping school days or classes, why not try playing a game to liven things up or get on track?

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2007 in Games for Learning