Meet them where they are. That’s always been one of my driving philosophies when working with children. If they love Star Wars – use it. As is usually the case, this year I have a group of boys that are simply crazy about Legos.
A few months ago, I had an idea… yes, it happens from time to time. We have tons of the larger Legos. I took two tubs and a Sharpie and got to work. Writing all of our high priority sight words on each Lego, I made up a new game. Before you could build anything, a child would have to read the word on a piece. You can only take one piece at a time… if you can’t read the word, ask another friend at the center with you. That’s it. Then they build away.
Today, Billy came over wanting to show me what they’d built.
(for the record, there is a word on every piece, the rule is turn it till you find the word)
I wasn’t sure what it was, but the fact was, they’d used every since Lego piece… and read a lot of words.
I sat in awe. We then played my new favorite extension game. I called each child’s name and then pointed to pieces… as I pointed, they read… and read… and read.
Who says learning can’t be fun?