Last summer, Owen was all about any learning activity I would set up for him. We would "play school" and he loved it. This summer, he's a little trickier to entice. Being 4 years old, he has MANY opinions of his own, and doing "learning time" with Mom is not cool and not fun. So I have had to be even sneakier with my teaching moments and learning activities.
Yesterday was hot and humid, so we had a lot of time indoors. While Owen was playing with his Legos, I snuck off to the kitchen and taped 9 letter cards all around in random places (the refrigerator, chairs, drawers, etc.).
A Q is hiding on a kitchen drawer...
An R is on our refrigerator door!Then I set up the challenge - I told Owen that he was going on a scavenger hunt to find 9 letters in the kitchen. He of course was excited, because he loves to look for hidden things (we are STILL playing "egg hunt" in our house with plastic Easter eggs!). I gave him one of my steno notebooks with 9 simple boxes drawn on it, and told him it was his job to write a different hidden letter in each box as he found them. He LOVED this activity so much that I ended up hiding the letters three more times!
Here is Owen's completed recording sheet. I love his handwriting :)
When he finished, I asked him which letters he had found, and he read them off of the sheet to me. I just *happened* to choose some letters that he occasionally forgets or mixes up. When we were finished, he moved back to his Legos, and that was it. I am thrilled that I found an activity that he enjoyed and that added a little letter practice to his day!
If the Smart Summer Challenge sounds interesting to you, head on over to Teach Mama and check it out - you won't be disappointed! Feel free to leave a comment or share a sneaky learning activity of your own!