While practicing remedial teaching, I usually come up with a few creative ways of making learning colourful, tactile and interesting.
All I use are blank sheets of paper and write over them or cut them up to make kinesthetic games for kinesthetic learners. It incorporates visual and fine and gross motor skill activities as well.
Here are a few techniques you can use at home or for kids who need that little extra attention.
This activity is used for subtraction. Where I simply put coloured bits of paper in front of the child, write down the subtraction questions and let him do the cutting and pasting. It involves math and the fine motor activity for cutting and pasting.
I sometimes have kids who do not like to write. But how can I make them learn words and reading without making them hold a pencil. I had a child who refused to write a single letter. So I came up with an idea to write the words in double script (typographic design) and asked him to colour the words. As he coloured the words, would ask him which word he was colouring. Surprisingly, he would say the correct word and enjoy the colouring while doing so.
Along with these activities, learning basic words and their rhyming words can be made fun with just a few chits / flash cards and some coloured wool. Make two columns with jumbled rhyming words and give the child some wool. They find it challenging to find the word and read it and match it with its rhyme. Engaging and educating.
Here is another addition method which we have been using since forever. However, I used bigger sheets so that I could differentiate every question. Space provides clarity of categorising or clumping as some would call it and makes it easier to add.
Understanding shapes and counting also help to elucidate mathematic concepts. Below is another mathematics activity I use, where the child has to count the number of shapes and colour the correct number of boxes related to that specific shape.
I give reading a lot of emphasis and even if the child is unwilling there are ways to make them read. Here, I have written words on colourful flash cards and asked the child to paste them in it’s house. “two letter words” and “three letter words” . The child manages to count the alphabets, but along with that the child is encouraged to read the word by making phonetic sounds and indirectly, he ends up reading the word.
I love this method of learning where we can become all sorts of creative. Using crayons and toy cars and flash cards you can devise a game where the child thinks he has to get past barriers. In the race track above, I used flash cards as the passwords to get to the next level. So the child had to make an effort to read the word, and when he did, he would feel accomplished by a level up and his cars could then go around the track. “Vroom, Vroom” to learning.
So here are a few simple DIY activities you can do with your children. I will update this post as and when I come up with more activities.