After School Spelling Practice Activities Plus Free My Spelling List Printable

 

We are well into another school year.  It’s taken awhile but, my youngest is settled in to the school routine.  I’m free to start writing again.  I thought I would start out by sharing activities that every family could use afterschool and when homeschooling.

I’m talking about spelling of course!

Kids have been sent home with a spelling word list to memorize for as long as I can remember.

My kids have always had a weekly spelling list to learn, too.

AND no matter how much common core or the teaching styles of a homeschool  change, I think its safe to say the ‘Spelling List’ has withstood the test of time.

For those of you on the search to extend the also ever coming “Write your words 10 times each” activity (raising hand)..This is for US.

 

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Our GOTO Spelling Word Practice Activities

 TEACH BESIDE ME – 100 Spelling Games and Activities

Living Montessori Now – Favorite Montessori Phonics Materials

RELENTLESSLY FUN – Amazing Spelling Practice

PLAYDOUGH TO PLATO – 25 Fun Sight Word Games

THE AFTERSCHOOL HOUSE – Leaf Word Family Activity

 LESSONS LEARNT JOURNAL –  Sight Words 3 Fun Activities for Kids

3 BOYS AND A DOG – Third Grade Spelling Curriculum

MAMAS LEARNING DICTIONARY – My Spelling Dictionary

THE AFTERSCHOOL HOUSE – Spider Spelling Art

HANDS ON AS WE GROW – 21 Ways To Practice Spelling Words

Download Terms

 

To get your copy of the My Spelling List printable click the link below.  They are for classroom and private use only.  Please do not sell, redistribute, alter, or claim these printables as your own. Sharing is greatly appreciated! Please link back only to the website post, not directly to the PDF file when sharing. If you have further questions visit my Privacy and disclosure pages.  When in doubt always ask permission. Thanks and be blessed.

FREE MY Spelling Printable

FREE UPDATED MY SPELLING LIST

Thank you for reading!

Crystal:)

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Quick and Easy Math or Literacy with Don’t Break The Ice Game

 

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One of the best family games at our house growing up was Dont Break The Ice.  I remember getting this game for Christmas one year and playing it with my siblings.  It was sooo much fun to strategically tap out the blocks of ice without letting the red man fall off! We were allowed to get a little more rowdy in the house with this game as there was no real way to play it quietly:) All these reasons make the game perfect for play when the weather didn’t allow us to go outside.

Now a days the game uses a red bear in ice skates to stand on the ice, but it is still fun even at my age! 

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I just had to get it for my kids as my mom had gotten her childhood favorites for me.  

It’s a bit noisey granted but when you and the kiddo are stuck indoors it’s a super fun game to pull out!  My son loved the hammering and was able to follow the simple goal of keeping the bear on the ice. There’s only one step- tap out the block of ice of your choice-before the next persons turn.  I’d highly recommend it for teaching children turn taking.

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After PJ learned how to take turns I thought it would be fun if he could use the game to practice numbers and the alphabet.

One school holiday in his Kindergarten year I tried adding capital and lower case letters to the Don’t Break The Ice Game using dry erase markers. I tested one block first to see if the dry erase marker would wash off and wallah!  A baby wipe took it right off!

These pictures are a few years old but this is how we “played” by adding letters of the alphabet.

I  wrote about 10 or so upper case letters on ice blocks and the matching lower case letters on the remaining blocks.

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We played as you usually would but each player recorded the letter of their knocked down ice block.  For this I drew columns on white paper and added the names of the players at the top.

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Whoever can make the most Upper to lowercase matches after 5 games is the ABC Don’t Break The Ice champ!

We practiced Number Identification, too. 

I dotted the each ice block like the side of a die.  PJ practiced writing the numbers 1-6. Below, I’ll let the picture do the talking.

Quick and Easy Math or Literacey with Don't Break The Ice Game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More ways to use Don’t Break the Ice

  • You can have your child practice addition: Each player adds up all the blocks they have.  Whoever has the largest total wins.
  • Practice word families, CVC words, or Nonsense words for letter sounds.
  • Write numbers instead of dots on the blocks and have them match numbers to the corresponding amount of dots.
  • For older children, practice multiplication: Group blocks by the number of dots they have. Three blocks of three dots make 3 x 3 = 9

What other ways can you think of to put a new twist on this old classic??  I would like to read about your learning fun so please comment below!

Thank you for reading!

Crystal 🙂

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