If you’re visiting this blog chances are you already know I love to find ways to include PLAY into as many parts of my classroom as possible. This week we used the children’s board game, Sequence For Kids, to practice sights words and writing skills. What is Sequence, you ask? Sequence is a board game where the main goal is to get five of your playing chips in a row before your opponent does. The five in a row can be across, up and down, or diagonal. In order to place a chip on the board, you must first play a matching animal card. When a player plays a card they draw a new one to always have three cards in their hand. There are some more rules and special cards included in the game, but for the purpose of this blog and activity those are the basic directions.
To turn this into a reading and writing activity we focused on two sight words that my student was needing some extra help. The words he needed to practice were ‘that’ and ‘was’. So, we made up sentences using the words, the animal on the card played, and a characteristic of that animal. The sentences all followed the same pattern of, The (animal) was (characteristic), to give him repetition of reading the sight words multiple times.
My student was super focused on the reading and writing that he even reminded me he needed to do it after his turn when I forgot! The game of Sequence paired with this activity was a fun, engaging, and play-driven way to practice sight words, share knowledge of animal characteristics, and work on writing. I live for the #teachplaylearn moments like these, especially when I see my students having so much fun learning! -I hope this finds you well.
I mentioned in the last blog post that I am back in the classroom and I couldn’t be happier about this. While I’m not teaching full time or in a public school, I feel like I couldn’t have found a better fit for where I am in life right now than this one. I am so fortunate to have found such an amazing space in an established pre-school classroom! A lot of people have asked how I went about getting this program up and running and the answer is quite simple. I started asking what parents in the community were in need of for their children’s education and I created lessons and a schedule that fit those needs. Really, just ask! Luckily the space I found is used by a pre-school teacher who has the same play-driven mindset as I do so it was very easy to move into it.
So how do we share this space when we’re both running two different programs. Easy! She holds class for what is called Kreative Kids Preschool three days a week in the morning. Any time she doesn’t have students, the space is mine to use! I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason so I think it didn’t happen by chance that while Covid cancelled much of a my work with schools and conferences, this opportunity presented itself. I feel extremely lucky that parents have placed their children with me as their teacher and tutor and even more lucky that speaking gigs are starting to pick back up and hopefully continue to be getting more and more work in schools. I really do feel like I have the best of both worlds right now: teaching kids and helping teachers!
What does your current situation in education look like? Your learning space? Your title/class size/etc? I’d love to hear from you and see your spaces! Until next time, I hope this finds you well.
Welcome to the Adam Peterson Education blog! I’m so excited you’re here and can’t wait to share fun & engaging content with you, as well as what I call the three T’s: Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials! I love creating and sharing content that teachers can put to use right away in their classrooms so keep an eye out for fun activities shared with you in this blog as well. It has been a long time since I’ve created YouTube videos for my VLOG, but I plan to start doing that again soon. What have I been up to, you ask? Last fall I started teaching again in a preschool space that I rent. I have been working with around 14 families over the last year and am loving being back in this role!
As most of my students have returned to full day, in person learning, I have more time on my hands to start creating content again. Part of that creation process includes working on…wait for it..MY NEXT BOOK! I’ve teamed up with my amazingly talented friend Kim Adsit to write a book for primary teachers all about keeping science alive in the classroom. We are so excited to be writing this book together for Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. Publishing (the same publisher of my first book Teach, Play, Learn!) and can’t wait to share it with teachers everywhere!
In my time between writing, working with teachers, teaching, and spending time with my family, I hope to be back here on the blog sharing as much valuable content with you as possible. Thank you for joining me on my education journey! I hope this finds you well.