Showing posts with label Parent Tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Parent Tips. Show all posts

Beginning or Ending Sounds- A Free Phonological Awareness Activity Week 4

After a long day of keeping your kids busy, sometimes it is nice to have an easy to play game to settle them down. Download the last set of picture cards here and you will have a fun way to build pre-reading skills!

Build your kids' pre-reading skills with this free, fun sound awareness game!
If you missed the earlier sets, just start here!

Try some free interactive learning fun from Looks Like Language with BOOM Cards!
If you can't get your kids away from their iPads, at least you can make some of their pay time educational with the activities you can find at BOOM Learning!

Try out this free summer activity for category skills from my store!

Enjoy! Linda

Beginning or Ending Sounds- A Free Phonological Awareness Activity Week 3

Help your child with pre-reading skills! Find out more at Looks Like Language!
You might be saying to yourself, "What is phonological awareness, anyway? What happened to phonics instruction?" 

Well, phonics instruction still exists, but your kids will be a lot better prepared for it if you have fun with sounds in play before they get to school age!

FUN FACT 1:
Phonemes are the sounds, not the letters of the alphabet, that make up a language.

FUN FACT 2:
Children need a lot of practice listening to and playing with the sounds of our language before they are ready to attach them to the alphabet and written language.

FUN FACT 3:
If your child has difficulty pronouncing a sound, playing games to build skills for listening and identifying the sound can be helpful in learning to say the sound more clearly!

So, what are you waiting for? Download the free Beginning and Ending Sounds Activity and get started! If you missed the prior weeks, get started with the first download here.

If this got you curious, you can read more about the difference between phonological awareness, phonemic awareness and phonics at my friend Sarah's blog, Speech is Beautiful! 

Enjoy! Linda

Beginning or Ending Sounds- A FREE Activity Week 2

Is your school year coming to an end? Whether you just finished up or you have a bit more to go, this adaptable activity for phonemic skills can be put to use any time! Parents, you can have fun with it this summer when you are stuck inside!


Build pre-reading skills while your children play with this freebie from Looks Like Language!
It's an easy picture sound game that can also be used for comparing and contrasting skills. Playing around with sounds and rhymes is one of the best activities that parents can do to help little ones learn necessary pre-reading skills! Download it here.

If you missed the first week, click here.

I'm also very excited about BOOM Cards TM! Since I love their interactive nature, I'm having fun exploring the different possibilities for creation that they offer! 




Try some free, interactive picture fun for summer with this BOOM Card Freebie from Looks Like Language
Haven't tried BOOM Cards yet? Get started with this awesome Summer Time freebie with no reading required! Children find the item that belongs at the beach to build a cute summer picture. 

You will need to set up a Boom Learning account to play, but it is free, quick and easy to do. Then you can use it on your iPad!

Enjoy! Linda

When Grief Strikes- 9 Tips for Helping Children

What Can We Do When Grief Strikes?


My heart goes out to all of those affected by the storms we have been experiencing, as well as the frightening terrorist attacks that are happening all over.  The world just doesn’t seem as safe anymore.

Tips for helping children when grief strikes from Looks Like Language
If we feel this as adults, how does it affect children? I have not been in either of these situations, fortunately, but I have experienced a great loss and am drawing on what I learned then to give these tips.

My Story


When my son was just about to enter kindergarten, my daughter was diagnosed with a fatal, degenerative genetic disease. At the same time that I was coping with my grief and watching my one year old start to deteriorate, I also had to learn what I needed to do to keep my bright, inquisitive 5 year old feeling safe and growing up as normally as possible.


It was before the internet, so I started with trips to the library to get books, reading about grief counseling for myself and with children, as well as reaching out to therapists. It was a very long, difficult 3 years watching my daughter lose all of her skills and pass on, while still working and attempting to keep a normal home life for my son.

What did I learn that can be helpful to you?


1. Be sure to keep your young child’s comfort toy, blanket or security item with you. This is a good parenting tip even when your life is calm!

2. Young children get their sense of security from the adults around them. The better you are at accepting the changes and keeping as much of their routines intact, the more likely children will continue to feel secure.

3.  Children do not grieve the way adults do. They can be playing, seemingly happily, and then run to you for comfort or to ask a question. Remember their attention spans are short, so answer questions briefly and factually.

When they have received the information they were looking for, or the hug they needed, they will run back to whatever they were doing as if it had never happened. If you see your child’s eyes glaze over or they start to fidget, they are saying 'too much.' Give the important information first!

4. If you are having problems coping, your child will, too. This is totally understandable when dealing with major issues. Just be sure to reach out and get help for yourself when you need it.

What about if you are working in the schools with children affected by drastic  events?


1. You are part of their safety net, so try to keep your school routines as close to usual as possible. When you can, laugh over the minor things you are having to do to cope with changed circumstances. Laughter is needed!

2. Listen and respond calmly and factually when students ask a question or bring up a difficult topic. If they go back to work right after, then you have met their need at the moment.

3. It is okay to respond that you don’t know, but you will try to find out for them.

4. It is okay to just acknowledge how difficult this is, and how they must be feeling. Pay attention to the child's body language, facial expression and tone of voice. Then, specifically label the emotion that they are feeling, so they have the language for it.

5. If some of your students are more withdrawn, more emotional, or just somehow not right compared to the general population, be sure to reach out to get them help. The whole family may need support to help them through this tough time.

While I wish we weren’t experiencing difficult situations, I hope these tips will help you cope! And I am so very grateful to say that my son did grow up to be a wonderful adult! I am thankful every day for my healthy children.

Summer Rhyming Fun- 3- A Freebie

A free rhyming game from Looks Like Language!
Playing rhyming and word games is so important for little ones to be able to develop the skills they need for reading. This is why I am so happy to be able to help out a little, for free!

If you have a little one in your life, be sure to click here and get your free download! Come back every week to get the whole set.

If you missed some of the downloads, start here.

Parent Tip:
When you have played the game for a while, turn it into a 'play anywhere' game. Find something you can easily see where you are and give a clue. "I see something that rhymes with ___." Can your little one find it? 

Happy rhyming!

Summer Rhyming Fun- 2- A Freebie

Have fun rhyming with this FREE game from Looks Like Language!
Welcome back! I hope you are having a wonderful summer!

This week you get to download the second part of my rhyming game freebie! 

Parents, I know that you have heard that you need to make sure that your children know their colors, numbers, shapes and alphabet to be ready for school. That is helpful, but you will be doing them an even better turn if you read to them and play word and sound games with them!

When children get exposed to rhymes and word games, they start learning about sounds and how they go together into words. This is such an important skill for reading!

So, download this free game now and have fun!

Summer Rhyming Fun- 1- A Freebie

Have some free rhyming fun this summer! Looks Like Language
Rhymes are a great way to get started with pre-reading skills for little ones!

Curl up together with great book- Dr. Seuss is the gold standard for fun rhyming! After the book becomes familiar, try pausing before reading the rhyme and see if your child fills it in!

On a rainy day, when you are stuck inside, you can also play a game! Download this freebie and have fun!


Summer Rhyme Time Freebie Part 5

You have all of the cards, so today you are getting the game board for this fun summer freebie! The cards can be used by themselves, but game boards are always fun!

PARENT SUMMER LANGUAGE TIP:

When it is easy to match the rhyming words, it is time to step it up a notch! 

+Use the cards with the game board and see if they can provide a rhyme of their own for the picture card they have chosen. 

+When rhyming is easy, try one of the other game variations in the packet. For example, have your child say the sound that starts the word and then say another word that starts with the same sound.

For children to learn to read, they have to be aware of the sounds in words and be able to play around with them. You are getting them off to a great start if you are helping them do this in a way that is fun!


Be sure to download the open ended board game!

Summer Rhyme Time Freebie Part 4

Rhyming helps reading skills! Looks Like Language!
Rhyming is an important skill for reading, so I am delighted to be helping some children out there with this!

SUMMER LANGUAGE TIP FOR PARENTS:

+ Play a hot potato rhyming game! Use any soft toy, such as a stuffed animal, or even take one of those unmatched socks we all have lying around. Roll it up in a ball to be the hot potato. 

+ The first person says a short word and tosses the potato to the next person. Don’t be caught holding a hot potato for too long! Say a rhyming word quickly and pass the potato on to the next person. The person who can’t think of another rhyming word, just holding the hot potato, loses the game. 
+ You can play this with 2 or more people. If you have a group, the person who lost can sit out, with the game continuing until one person is left. If you are playing with just you and your child, see how many rhymes your child can do in a row. Watch it improve with practice!


Be sure to get this week’s game cards here. See you next week!

Summer Rhyme Time Freebie Part 3

Hi again! It’s time to get your Freebie for a Fun Friday!

This packet can be used as a card game for basic games like matching and go fish. If your little players get good at matching rhymes, add a twist by having them name an additional rhyming word to keep their match.

SUMMER LANGUAGE TIP FOR PARENTS:
Since rhyming and playing with the sounds in words are so very important for helping children learn to read, play rhyming games anywhere you have a few moments. Once your children learn the skill with pictures, have them play the game in the car. 

Challenge them to see how many rhyming words they can think of before you get to your destination.

Can you believe that you will be helping your children become better readers by playing such a fun game? Download it here.


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