Hands on Learning ( Math and ELA )

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Hands on Learning

Welcome to another edition of...

 Let's be honest friends paper and pencil worksheets are becoming less and less engaging.  Even before COVID worksheets have become 2nd to anything hands on or involving technology.

If you have been following me for any amount of time you know how I feel about too much technology. πŸ˜’πŸ˜’

I've had admin from the past push technology and I get it, however...  I've always struggled with knowing some of my students would be on Minecraft, Roadblox, etc for hours after school or well into the night so the thought of having them on for a few hours at school was hard for me.  { struggle 🚌🚌 }

NOW with COVID that is our reality!!!  I'm just not a fan of all this screen time for kids.  πŸ’» We don't even know the kind of damage it can do to them - eye twitching, πŸ‘€ attention issues, obesity, the list goes on and on....

With that being said, you will notice if you visit my store - I've started in the last 6 months or so creating more activities rather than worksheet packs.  For instance, sensory bin packs, dramatic play activities, pin art, and YES even some techie packs with movable pieces too.

One of the things I love to offer to parents is a way for their child to learn or use something that isn't paper and pencil that can still teach or reinforce an important concept or skill.  With that my 'sliders' were born....I have them for ELA and MATH.

My ELA slider is for story retell - sometimes kids just need a visual and something to keep their hands busy as they are talking...this serves both purposes!  

Click on the pictures to get a closer look at the products below:

Just hole punch the ends, add a pipe cleaner and a bead and you are all set.  I ran on card stock for durability!  The kids LOVE these - I also used astro brights.

I noticed a few years ago that my RSP 2nd graders needed some scaffolding in regards to addition and subtraction during group lessons.  So,  I created these and they kept such good care of them, I had one little friend that took it everywhere because he loved having the hands on approach and it was so visual for him.  We finally had to tell him he didn't need to bring it out of the room for speech...such a cutie!

The other math slider that has worked AMAZING as well with my kiddos ( even 3rd graders ) is my rounding sliders:

Just a few examples of how you can make learning a little more hands on for your students no matter where they are ( home or school or even in the car ).

This is so much more engaging than a worksheet and they really do enjoy using them.  

Wherever you are teaching my friends - hang in there!  You are still making a huge difference and touching lives.  I hope these come in handy for you as you work to keep them engaged.

Happy Teaching...

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