Five Reasons To Use More Learning Games With Kids

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Hi Everyone! Let's talk about games with children. We all know how important they are for so many reasons. As an Orton-Gillingham teacher, games play an integral part of EVERY lesson I create for my students. The information I can gather from playing a game with a child is incredibly valuable. And the kids I work with are just having fun. What a win/win! So if you are feeling overwhelmed with curriculum demands and mandates from administration, stop and think about how to create a learning experience in the form of a game. Here are five reasons to do it.

  1. Games are engaging. What's the best way kids learn? We all can answer that. Through play! And yet, we still see classrooms that could really use more of it. Games can get kids moving or just plain having fun. My own students love when they beat me in a game and giggle wildly when they do.
  2. Games make a deeper connection with your content. I create a review game every time I teach a lesson. That's a lot of games over the years! Sometimes, it's just a version of tic-tac-toe or concentration. Other times, I pull out my Jenga blocks. No matter how elaborate you get, the content you are trying to help a child master is there. You can make it multisensory and new brain connections will be forming as they play and learn. Powerful!
  3. Games remove the stress. I work with kids who struggle with reading. Taking time to play games is their lifesaver. It's a departure from a laborious task. I can see the calm take over and the playful side come out in a child when I introduce a game. It's practically tangible. And that my friends, is one of the reasons my job is SO awesome.
  4. Games are inclusive. Shy kid? No problem. When you begin a game with them that all goes away. You can ALWAYS find a way to differentiate a game for a child to include them. And they always appreciate it when you make that extra effort.
  5. Games are informative. Collecting data can be incredibly time consuming. But the evidence you gather from a child's performance in a game can drive your next moves in instruction. They won't know you're assessing them either. Another win/win for everyone. 
Have I convinced you to put the worksheets away for at least some of the time? I would love to hear why YOU love to play games with your students. Please comment below. If need games, please consider the following post on using Jenga blocks or see my new Multisensory Phonics Games Bundle in my TpT store. There are over 75 original games and counting. They are all kid tested and teacher approved. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

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Five Classroom Practices Your Dyslexic Kids Don't Need

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
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Hi everyone! I meant to publish this post last month, but things with my four little ones always get pushed back a bit. If you have started out a new school year, waiting for services or new accomodations for your dyslexic child, then it can seem like a particular tense time. Perhaps last year may not have ended well, there's trepidation about having a new teacher, or the anticipation of a different or more rigorous workload kicks anxiety into high gear. I work with these children. I've been their classroom teacher or worked with 1:1 and let me tell you one thing that will help you and your child get through the day a little easier:

Being fair doesn't ALWAYS mean doing the same thing for everyone. 

Three Simple Tips for Working With Kids In A 1:1 Setting

Friday, August 12, 2016

Hi everyone! I'm sharing three tips for working with kids in a 1:1 setting today. Seems like a pretty easy topic, but it's important. I look at different pictures of teachers in classrooms working with students,  and I'm often taken back to the days my supervisor would come during my Orton-Gillingham practicum and observe my lessons. These are real nail biters. I was a nervous wreck during my student teaching days and when my principal would come for an observation, but being observed with just ONE student brings a different level of intensity. They see EVERYthing. So today, I'm going to give you a couple of tips.

Three Literacy Tips Related to Multisensory Teaching

Thursday, August 4, 2016

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Hi everyone! It's back to school time and I'm sure you're busy getting all your classrooms prepared and supplies organized. I work with students all year round, but I certainly use the BTS season to rethink some of my teaching strategies, purchase new materials and set a plan to help my kids in a way that works best for them.

The Complete O.G.- News and Updates

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hi everyone! I am dedicating the entire contents of this post to those who have purchased The Complete O.G. Part One or The Complete O.G. Part Two. Why do I need an entire blog post? I am keeping a running list of updates and revisions I make here. I will list the dates of when things are changed or added along with the names of new resources. I recommend checking it monthly.
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