Family Time Calendar: Get Smart - iVillage

When teaching a foreign language, instructors often recommend writing down the names of common household items on note cards and taping them to the actual objects around the house. This way, when you look in the mirror in the morning and see the note card with the foreign word, you start associating the two. This is also a great way for kids to learn their ABCs and start associating letters with words in preparation for reading. This game works well with all pre- and early readers. If your family enjoys it, the game can also provide 26 weeks worth of fun.

What you'll need:
Note cards
Marker pen

What you'll do:

  • Choose a letter of the week with your kids. "A" is always a nice place to start, but feel free to choose any letter of the alphabet.
  • Taking your note cards, tape and pen, walk around the house on a search for things that start with the letter you chose. When you find one, write down the name of the object in clear, bold handwriting and tape the note card to it. If the cat's name is "Annie," you might want to resist labeling her. Perhaps label her food bowl instead.
  • Write down a master list of all the "A" (or whatever letter you've chosen) items as you go around the house. When you get back to your "home base," choose an item off the list and write it down on a note card. Give it to your children and see if they can find and bring back the matching note card from somewhere in the house. Then have them put it back on the item. This will reinforce word recognition.
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