Looking for some new and nifty ways to teach your kiddos this week? Here’s a few ideas…
- Sing “100 bottles of beer on the wall” — math style. Take turns adding or subtracting numbers and have everybody keep singing along, while filling in the new number. For example, “99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer, take 4 down, pass them around…” and have everybody sing “95 bottles of beer on the wall.” Of course, feel free to make it far more PC by making it milk, juice, pop, etc.!
- Make or collect some natural toys and manipulatives.
- Have a “meet and greet” with historic characters. Assign each child a historic character to read up on a little bit. Make sure they keep their identities a secret. Then have a little snack party where you all mingle. Encourage the kids to introduce themselves only by first initial and talk about their interests, hobbies, accomplishments, etc. At the end of the party, have them guess who they’ve been talking to (if they have any idea — it’s fine if they don’t!) and introduce themselves.
- Memorize a short poem each and take turns reciting them. This is especially fun to do with grandparents, when Mom or Dad get home from work, etc.
- Do some nature science. There are some fun winter ideas here and here that are perfect for families stuck in snowy Minnesota right now!
This post originally appeared on my blog, Magic and Mayhem.