The weather is still holding us from school or at least the AM class. We have had numerous snow days and delays; therefore, we have lost a lot of learning time at school. There are a few fun things you can do at home with your children to encourage learning. One of the best things to do with your child is to sit and read to them. This helps improve vocabulary and it helps them hear fluent readers. If it is a book they can read, then you can "buddy" read with them. Also, you can check out magazines, newspapers, and books and look for words your child may know. You can also practice the alphabet and sounds! A fun website you should check out is www.starfall.com there are a lot of games, stories, and activities you can do.
One of the exciting things to do in math is just work with various numbers. We use a lot of "ten frames" in our class. A ten frame is a rectangle divided into 10 equal squares. The kids then roll two dice and use bears to fill in the ten frame with the respective number. This really helps children begin to develop adding and subtracting skills. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics has a fantastic website with web activities for the children. Here is one on ten frames: http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?ID=75
I would love to know what you think about the websites...also if you did anything fun over the snow days and delays, share them with me!