A little while back I came across the idea of using megablocks to help with phonics skills and fluency. I thought it was a great idea. I’ll try to find the website where I first saw it, and will share it when I do. For now though, here’s our take on it:
Seeing how the girl has outgrown her megablocks and generally is using lego for building, I loved the idea of repurposing her old blocks. So today I pulled out my label maker and her box of blocks and set to work. This should give new life to all her old sets, that haven’t seen the light in several months.
I decided to put both a capitalized and lowercase version of the same word on each block. This way, when we start worrying more about proper capitalization her blocks will still be useful for her. Eventually I’ll be adding a whole lot more words – including many she has requested herself – as well as doubling up some blocks with words like is, was, it, and… as many of them can be used twice in the same super silly, extra long, sentence.
We also decided to use many of her blocks with stickers on them. You know how some sets (like Kai Lan and Diego) have themed stickers that get applied to some blocks? Well, we’ve labeled those too – with Kid kid’s choice of words. It can be nice for early readers to have visual hints when still working towards reading fluency.
So, here are our blocks. I ran out of tape in my label maker, so had to stop a little earlier than I’d have liked. But we still had enough finished to have a bit of fun. Lily-Ann loved my “Dad was stinky” sentence, and I loved that her very first one was “Lily-Ann is cute”. 😉
I loved the scholastic book orders when I was a kid. Mom and Dad always made sure I could get a new book (sometimes two or three) every month. I looked forward to going through the brightly coloured pages of the order, searching for the right one. Something that piqued my interest: often it would be something about unicorns, or wizards, or fairies. So You Want to be a Wizard was one of my very favourite books, and I remember with fondness the Unicorn Queen series as well.
I absolutely love that the kid being in school means we once again get the excitement and joy of a monthly book order. She loves looking through the pages as much as I did. And her teacher always makes sure to find us a copy of the “big kids” book order sheets too. After all, the pre-k book order is all picture books and board books – and we generally like to order chapter books.
Normally we get a book or two, or if there’s a really good deal on a pack of books we’ll get that. This last one though? Eeeps. I don’t think I’ve ever spent that much on a book order. But honestly? It was something we couldn’t pass up.
The best time to teach a child about ANY topic is when they are passionate about it. And right now, thanks to first reading a book about Odysseus and now reading the Goddess Girls books, the girl LOVES learning about Greek myth. So when a four piece children’s encyclopedias all about mythology showed up in the last book order, what else could we do? We figured out the money, because one doesn’t look a gift horse in the mouth. 😉
So soon, we’ll be sitting down with the girl’s very first encyclopedias. And she couldn’t be more excited about them. It’s going to be really cool, and I love that this is a topic that enlivens her. Learning can be so much fun – especially when you are allowed to follow your passions!