Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Compliment Tic Tac Toe

Some of my kindergarten students are having trouble being nice to each other. So we they are learning how to play Tic Tac Toe on the Smartboard. Everyone gets to play one round. When you place your X or O, you must compliment the other person. For example, when I put my X in the middle square, I might say, "I like your shirt." The other child says, "Thank you." Then when the child puts his/her O on a square, he/she gives me a compliment. The game proceeds like this until someone wins or the game ends.

I have also played Tic Tac Toe to add details to conversations. For example, for each X or O you move, you must add another layer/sentence to the conversation. If you are talking about your favorite movie and you move your X, then you must say something about the movie. When your partner moves his O, he/she must continue the conversation about the movie and so on.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Conversation Months

October/November is Conversation Month

During these two months, I teach the children how to expand on their conversation skills. Many parents bring their children to SK to seek help in "How to have my child have a conversation  with another child.?" We teach many skills at SK on how to help your child come out of his/her shell.

I will share one lesson with you today you could use at home. Practice using the 5W questions with your children. Make the 5W questions on notecards: who, what, where, when, why (and/or how). Make up role play situations with your child. He/she has to pick a 5W question from your pile and act out the first scene wrong.   Then give your child the cards again and let he/she practice again doing it the correct way. Give lots of praise for doing it well.