We are continuing with the year-long Badges of Fun series from Disney’s FamilyFun Magazine, where each month has a theme for fun family activities. September’s badge is about learning something new to help get families back into school mode.
Our family chose to play with the alphabet and help Jack work on his word-building skills. At school they are working on filling in missing letters in the alphabet. We wanted to help him continue to hone these skills at home while exposing Will to more letters of the alphabet.
I started out my putting individual letters onto sticky notes and putting them on the wall, then mixing them up. Jack would then work on putting them in order. We had both upper and lower case letters in two different locations. But the sticky notes kept falling off the wall.
Version two included some wooden letters I recycled out of a letter puzzle, some sticky dots and a piece of poster board. The only problem with this one is that the dots are too sticky and make it harder for him to remove the letters. At least they weren’t falling on the floor – far from it.
For version three I want to make them magnetic or find something that is easier to stick and unstick. We are going to use them to help Jack spell small words and have Will learn to identify letters. Will likes to mimic what his brother is doing and will pretend to spell or sound words out.
These exercises have been a fun way to get everyone in back-to-school mode. Are you participating in Badges of Fun? What activities has your family been doing?