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FIRST GRADE

 

At this age you can accomplish a great deal of learning as you go about your daily tasks.

How to Use the LEARNING STYLES Hints on the Charts

You will notice that the game charts have a column labeled LEARNING STYLES.  If you have read Discover Your Child’s Learning Style, you will understand what the notes mean.  If not, here is a brief key:

Modalities:

Print means that most content is in print.

Picture means there are a lot of pictures or other graphics.

Visual means that both print and pictures are used in the game.

Verbal means there is some to quite a bit of talking involved.

Listening means that listening is involved.

Auditory means that both Verbal and Listening skills are used in the game.

Hands-on means that there is significant hand movement of cards, pieces, etc.

Whole Body means that the whole body is moving.

Writing means that writing is involved.

 

Dispositions:

Move means that there is significant physical activity.  These games are great for the very active child who hates to sit still.

Produce means that there is a clear (to the student) and quantifiable learning objective.  These children like to have a game labeled “educational” whereas that adjective is the kiss of death to most of the other dispositions.

Invent or Discovery means that there is discovery and/or experimentation involved.

Interact means that there is significant social interaction.  This learning style enjoys most games so it is only listed it when the group interaction is above average.

Create means that the game requires significant thought and/or creativity.

There is another vital element of learning that is important in regard to physical movement or what schools like to call Physical Education.  This is explained in depth in Smart Moves by Carla Hannaford.  Therefore, we have included the notations Vestibular and Proprioceptive to help you pick out P.E. games and activities that give your child reinforcement  in these sensory areas.

Vestibular refers to awareness of body balance and movement.

Proprioceptive  refers to the relative position of different parts of the body and the strength of effort used in movement.

Most games combine multiple elements, so we listed only the salient ones.  Likewise, any one child’s learning style is far more complex than these simple definitions and each child’s personality includes a combination of several modalities and dispositions.  Watch for the elements in games that your child likes and look for those or similar elements in other games

MATHEMATICS

 

NAME OF GAMENUMBER OF PLAYERSAGE RANGETIME OF PLAYEMPHASIS AND NOTESLEARNING STYLES
Pre-Math It24-7VariesBeginning addition and subtraction through the use of dominoes.Picture
Hands-On
Discover
Relate
Create
Math Facts Fun Packet2+4-12VariesMultiple games to teach math concepts.Visual
Auditory
Hands-On
Relate
Uncle Wiggly2-44-820+ Minutes Beginning reading,
introduction to numbers and symbols
Classic Game
Visual
Auditory
Discover
Relate
Create
CHIPS

5.1.2

2+7-995-15 MinutesAdditionVisual
Discover
Relate
Double Shutter1-25+5-15 MinutesAddition
Subtraction
Visual
Hands-On
Discover
Sum Swamp2-45-720+ MinutesAddition
Subtraction
Visual
Discover
Relate
Wonder Number Game2-45+5-20 MinutesMultiple math concepts, many levels of play, a great visual manipulative teaching tool, strategyVisual
Hands-On
Discover
Relate
Create
Match 'Em2-46+5-10 MinutesAdding up to 14Print
Relate
Create
MathSmart Addition

35545

2-45+5-10 MinutesAddition factsPrint
Relate
Create
Giant Dice2-46+5-10 MinutesAddition
Subtraction
Multiplication
Print
Discover
Relate
Fraper Deck2+4+VariesMultiple math conceptsPrint
Hands-On
Discover
Relate
Create
Mad Math Game2-46+15 + MinutesAddition
Multiplication Facts
Strategy
Print
Discover
Relate
Fruit Salad2-44-1020 MinutesA fun introduction to FractionsPicture
Hands-On
Discover
Relate

At this age you can accomplish a great deal of learning as you go about your daily tasks.  Count everything in sight or just count to pass time at traffic lights.  When your child can count to 100 by 1’s, start counting by 2’s and then by 5’s and finally 10’s.  Before you know it, your child will have mastered them. This is called “skip counting” and audio CD’s like 100 Sheep Skip Counting (see SECOND GRADE) may be used too.  Do it for fun and watch your children learn.  When your children can do the 5’s, you can easily teach them how to tell time in minutes.  In respect to teaching time, it is easier if you model it yourself.  Get a watch with a big face and large numbers.  Count the time by 5’s from the top of the dial every time you need to know the time.    If you give your child a watch, demonstrate this on his watch each time.   You may find that your child begins to pester you repeatedly about the time.  Take a deep breath and help him to count it out each time he asks.  Children do this to learn.  They know how much “drill” they need. They are not trying to make you crazy.  They are trying to learn.  Work with it.

Counting by 2’s and 5’s is also the beginning of learning multiplication. Show your child that when you reach the number 4 on the dial you are 20 minutes past the hour, 5 on the dial means 25 minutes past the hour and so forth.  Later when you are teaching multiplication, he will already understand how the clock uses multiplication.

Get a ruler, yardstick, thermometer, kitchen scale, measuring cuts, etc. and let your child use them.  Let him help when you are cooking.  Help him build and measure things.  The more practical, real things he does with these tools the better and faster he will understand them and the mathematics that corresponds to each tool or device.  Without worksheets, he will understand linear measurement, basic geometry, liquid measurements, fractions, addition and many other wonderful topics.  You will find that workbooks become largely unnecessary in your homeschool or classroom.  Through the use of these delightful activities your child will “want” to learn these subjects, not “have” to.

Remember that before age 12 abstract concepts may be quite difficult and math with only numbers is very abstract.  The more hands-on math related activities you do at this age, the better will be your child’s understanding of math concepts.  Fractions are easy when done with real objects like cut up fruit, etc. Children need lots of experience with things they can touch, feel and take apart before you show them the written forms.  Cooking is a wonderful way to learn about fractions as well as a valuable skill to learn.

You may want to investigate the Life of Fred math series.  It is a highly creative math curriculum, which teaches using a very gentle and engaging format.  It is very popular and fits well with the Game Curriculum because it teaches conceptually and explains math in a very concrete way using a story format.

LANGUAGE ARTS

 

NAME OF GAMENUMBER OF PLAYERSAGE RANGETIME OF PLAYEMPHASIS & NOTESLEARNING STYLES
Phonogram Fun Packet2-65+10-30 MinutesMultiple games for phonics and spellingPicture
Auditory
Relate
Discover
Fun With Phonograms1+5-85-10 MinutesColor, cut and paste activities, reproduciblePicture
Auditory
Hands-On
Create
Scrabble Junior2-45+15-20 MinutesLetter recognition and beginning spellingVisual
Auditory
Relate
Discover
Nursery Rhyme Jingo2-305-95-15 MinutesRhyming and listening skillsPicture
Listening
Relate
Discover
Same and Opposite JINGO2-305-95-15 MinutesListening, reasoning matchingPicture
Listening
Relate
Discover
Triple Play Card Games Rhyming Words2+5-95-20 MinutesMatching, memory and go fish games for multiple language arts concepts. Also in Vowel Sounds , Phonemic AwarnessVisual
Auditory
Hands-On
Relate
Discover
WordGirl Worrrd Up! Game2+6=20+ MinutesSpellingPrint
Relate
Discover
Tell Tale Fairy Tales1-85+20+ MinutesStory Development
Creativity
Speaking Skills
Visual Graphic
Auditory Verbal
Create
Relate

If your child likes to color, cut and paste, the Fun With Phonograms is perfect.  Developed by Cindy Franklin, a teacher who uses the Spalding Method (Writing Road to Reading, Spell to Write & Read, Riggs Institute, All About Reading), the two sets (Set A and Set B&C) will teach the 70 English phonograms with hands-on activities.  There are also audio CDs with songs that teach each phonogram.  These are available at www.lulu.com.  Search by “Cindy Franklin” and scroll through her products.

If you want board games that teach the same 70 phonograms, The Phonogram Fun Packet will do the trick.  It includes multiple games, a double-sided game board and everything you need to teach a child to read without using a single workbook.  This set can be used for many years as your child grows by adding a few inexpensive components to teach other skills and concepts.  It is available at www.excellenceineducation.com.

Besides the games and activities listed, you can use letter tiles, magnetic or otherwise, to make and play with words.  Our catalog has a number of sets to suit your taste.  One of the best ways for your children to develop good language skills is for you to read to them as much as possible.  As with the hyper-active kindergartener, manage your reading times to fit the time of day when he or she is best able to listen.  Children, especially kinesthetic ones, can manage quite well doing more than one thing at a time.  You can read while he is playing with blocks or she with dolls as long as they are quiet enough to hear you.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

 

Remember, your child is developing muscle coordination at this age and needs lots of practice using all his or her muscles, large and small.

NAME OF GAME OR ACTIVITYNUMBER OF PLAYERSEMPHASIS & NOTESLEARNING STYLE
Jump Rope1+Rhythm, agility, coordination, cardio strengthWhole Body
Pick Up Sticks1+Hand-Eye Coordination, fine motor skillsHands-On
Balls, Bean Bags, Etc1+Hand- Eye Coordination
Large motor skills
Whole Body
Hands-On
Marbles1+Hand- Eye Coordination
Fine Motor Skills
Whole Body
Jacks1+Hand -Eye Coordination,
Whole Body
Can Do KidsLarge Motor Skills,
Rhythm,
Agility, Coordination
Mathematics
Visual
Auditory
Kinesthetic
Anna Banana: 101 Jump Rope Rhymes1+Rhythm
Poetry
Whole body coordination
Visual Picture
Whole Body
Move
Sky Saucer Swing1Vestibular stimulation body awarness
sensory treat for some
Whole Body
Move
Alphabet Marks the Spot™1-4Gross motor skills, letter recognition, hand-eye coordinationVisual
Whole Body
Move
Remember, your child is developing muscle coordination at this age and needs lots of practice using all his or her muscles, large and small.  Children instinctively know what they need to learn physically.  If they need to move, that is what their bodies are demanding.  Provide plenty of outlets for this.  Make sitting times short with lots of activity in between.  Provide clay, paint, crayons, plain paper, building toys, gardening tools, building tools, balls, jacks, marbles, and whatever else they need.  These things help develop little muscles and hand-eye coordination.  Please read the Kindergarten section on Physical Education for some very important developmental information that still pertains to this age

SCIENCE

 

Science is all around us. 

One of the easiest ways to teach science is talk about it as you go through your daily life.

NAME OF GAMENUMBER OF PLAYERSAGE RANGETIME OF PLAYEMPHASIS & NOTESLEARNING STYLES
Somebody2-46-1020+ MinutesLearn the names, functions and location of major body partsAuditory
Visual Graphic
Think Create
Wild Cards Baby Animals2+4 and older5-25 MinutesThree games in one! Develop memory and nice introduction to nature.Auditory
Visual-Graphic
Think Create
Nature Bingo2-63 and older10-20 MinutesMatching
Nature
Listening
Auditory
Visual Picture
Go Fish Wildlife: Mammals2+5 and older10-20 MinutesStunning photo's
English / Spanish
Auditory
Visual-Picture
Farming Game Kids2-43-920 MinutesMulti-subject, addition, subtraction Money, Science, FarmingAuditory
Visual Picture

Science is all around us.  One of the easiest ways to teach science is talk about it as you go through your daily life.  The kitchen is one of the greatest labs your child will experience.  Through “kitchen” science you can introduce your child to the concepts of hot, cold, freezing, evaporation, temperature, bacteria, liquids, solids, gasses, health, safety and a multitude of other subjects

The garden is the best outdoor lab your children will need at this time in their lives.  Get simple science books like Usborne Science Activities (vol. 1,2 &3) and The Icky Bug Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta and Ralph Masiello serves double duty: science and beginning phonics.  Look also for colorful books that explain like the Magic School bus series.

Your children are still in the wonderful stage when they are curious about everything and are full of questions.  Do your best to have the energy and patience to answer all their questions.  If you get stumped, there is always that old encyclopedia or Wikipedia on line. These and other easy sources will provide most of the answers you need to satisfy your children’s curiosity.   Take lots of walks and be sure to discuss with your children what you see.  Go to the park, zoo, beach, hills, mountains, or any other wild places that are available to you.  Be sure to see the same spot during different seasons and explain to your children the differences that the seasons bring.  You can find some interesting travel guides for your own community at major bookstores.  Most large metropolitan newspapers have great weekend trip ideas that might be of interest to you.  Just by visiting the different locations your children will learn volumes.  A day (or an hour) in nature will teach your children much more than a book will in that time frame.  I realize that since that kind of learning is not quantifiable, it is often discounted.  This is tragic.  Your children are learning all the time.  Make the most of any opportunity to get out of the house and broaden your children’s experience base.  This will eventually make the books much more meaningful.

HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY

 

An introduction to U.S. & World Geography

NAME OF GAMENUMBER OF PLAYERSAGE RANGETIME OF PLAYEMPHASIS AND NOTESLEARNING STYLES
Tutankhamen2-6See Notes Below20+ MinutesThis game is rated for eight (8) and above, but does not require reading is colorful and interesting. Customers report that five (5) year old children enjoy it.Auditory
Visual Picture
Relate
Create
World Map Floor Puzzle1+6 and upVariesExplore the continents of the world and some of their animal inhabitants. Finished size 2 'X 3' Visual, tactile and spatial learningHands-On
Visual Picture
Move
Create
Wooden USA Puzzle

1+4 and up5-20 MinutesA great geography puzzle with lots of information on puzzle pieces. Visual, tactile and spatial learningHands-On
Visual Picture
Create
Explore Photo Safari2-43 and up15-30 MinutesThree levels of play. play on world map. Fast game, no turnsAuditory
Visual - Picture
Move
Discover
Geo Lotto2-83 and up15-30 MinutesLearn continents and animals. Great memory game.Visual Picture
Discover
Relate
Community Jingo2-305-915-30 MinutesSight identification, word recognition and vocabulary development.Auditory Listening
Visual Picture
Relate
Discover
Farming Game Kids2-43-915-30 MinutesMoney, Farming, Economics,
Three levels of play
Trilingual English, Spanish, French
Visual Picture
Hands-On
Relate
Create
States and Capitals Songs1+AllVariesMusic CD and large blackline map of U.S.Auditory
Relate
Create

Please review the comments under Kindergarten.  This is a time to be very informal in your approach to learning about history and geography.  Read stories from history, both nonfiction and historical fiction. Everyone loves an interesting story and when history is presented this way, children will not fail to remember the exciting and fascinating events that inform our present culture and those of other lands.  There are also many good audio recordings, some of which we have listed in the appendix.  Children today are so inundated by visual media that learning to listen to a story is a skill that is becoming lost.  Be sure you provide listening experiences for your children.  This will help them develop their imagination as well as auditory skills.

Use games and puzzles that will offer an introduction to maps.  You can make simple maps of your house or yard to begin to get the ideas across.  Don’t worry if it doesn’t click yet; just have fun filling in the lotto cards in Geo Lotto and looking for animals in Explore! Photo Safari. For lots of fun movement and learning, play World Treasure Hunt.

            Another way to introduce the world to young children is to read stories from other parts of the world.  You can make simple costumes out of your dress up box (see Kindergarten) and pretend to paddle down the Amazon or Nile or ride an elephant in India or a rickshaw in China.  Art and craft projects can focus on other parts of the world too.  The Multicultural Art Book from John Wiley Publishers is available from our online catalog and has craft and art projects from all over the world.

BIBLE AND RELIGION

 

NAME OF GAMENUMBER OF PLAYERSAGE RANGETIME OF PLAYEMPHASIS AND NOTESLEARNING STYLES
Bible Bingo2-64 and up15 MinutesListen to clues and match pictures of Bible events.Auditory
Visual Picture
Relate
Create
Blink - Bible Edition2-34 and up5-10 MinutesMatching attributes of color, shape and numberVisual Picture
Discover
Move
Noah's Big Animal Adventure Game2-66-1020 MinutesBoard Game:
Creation to the Flood
Auditory
Visual Picture
Relate
Discover