Literacy and play for kids

There is so much inspiration to be found in the blogosphere when it comes to kids literacy and play. My round up post this month focuses on creative ways bloggers are sharing on how to help your kids with literacy and make play an easy part of daily life.

1. Writing practice with Masterchef

The gorgeous Shae from Yay For Home shares a simple idea she set up for her daughter following her love of list writing.

2. Fostering Student Creativity and Responsibility With Blogging

This post on Edutopia caught my eye as it was about blogging and kids (6th graders to be exact). At the authror’s school each student is given his or her own tablet PC and blog. The aim is that they learn to become digitally resilient — able to find solutions to their technology problems and questions without immediately running to a teacher. Love the term digitally resilient!

3. Dirt Kitchen: Then and Now

In this post Squigglemum takes us through the construction of the outside dirt kitchen for her kids. Having spent many hours outside as a kid baking mud pies I would love to build something like that in our backyard too.

4. Top 10 Resources on Early Literacy Development

Linking to another list post, but this one at Reading Rockets is an amazing source of information:

Learn more about how very young children acquire the language and phonemic awareness skills that will help them become strong readers, warning signs of delayed development, and how parents can support their child’s literacy skills through meaningful conversation and read alouds.

5. Activities for Kids – 30 Minute Challenge

This is such a clever idea from Kate at Picklebums. It’s a new game Kate’s invented and it works a treat to break the crazy cycle, at least for 30 minutes!

6.Aussie Book Reviews (Older Readers)

From one of the best children’s literacy blogs you will find, Trevor Cairney has curated an excellent list of books for 10-16 year-olds, broken into two categories Graphic Novels/Picture Books and Novels. It is hard to find lists of quality books for this age group.

7. Graphic Outlines

From a new blog Educating Deborah, Deb shares a tool that will be helpful across many subjects for kids:

Each subject area has its own way of presenting information – reading a science textbook is completely different to reading a novel. Reading in different areas is something that needs to be taught in those areas, not yet another thing the poor English teacher should be picking up. A graphic summary is a great way of introducing a lot of information and showing kids how to pick out the important bits.

8. Getting to Grips with Handwriting

One of the most common problems occupational therapists in the school are consulted about is improper pencil grasp.

Nadene from Practical Pages shares suggestions about handwriting tools and fun ideas for writing practice.

9. Literacy Spot #26: Brainstorming

Christie has a regular literacy spot over at Childhood101. In this post Christie shares a brain storming technique she uses with her young daughter Immy, to determine and explore her knowledge of a particular topic.

10. Book Chook Favourites – Making Posters

The Book Chook is another fantastic kids literacy focused blog. In this post Susan shows some online tools that kids can use to create posters. There are also links to other online tools to encourage kids to get writing.

So much inspiration! Have you seen a good post on literacy or play recently?

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  • Jacquie August 02, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Thanks Nicole, Great list full of lots of great literacy resources. My oldest has been diagnosed with dyslexia this year so I’m watching my younger 2 very closely so I don’t miss any issues they might have. There are some great ideas in there for all 3 of them. I especially like things that we can do while we are doing other things, and that the kids find fun – like reading road signs and car rego plates etc. It doesn’t feel like homework to them then. I also read Kate’s 10 minute challenge on her blog and did some lego challenges with the boys in the holidays that they thoroughly enjoyed!

  • Shae August 02, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Hey that’s me!
    Thanks for sharing :)

  • katepickle August 02, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    thanks for including me in this great list of links! So many great ideas and so important to encourage literacy learning through play!

  • SquiggleMum August 02, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Lots of my fave bloggers in this roundup. Thanks for including our little Dirt Kitchen! It really does get SO much use in the backyard. We love it!

  • BookChook August 02, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    I have to admit, I would love a dirt kitchen! I saw an outdoor pizza oven made from termite mound dirt – would that count?

  • Christie-Childhood 101 August 02, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Thank you for the mention, Nic, what a fabulous list :)

  • Erin August 03, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Lots of great links to read, thanks:) some old favourite sites, some new.
    “Read any good posts?” well don’t know if good, but I wrote recently from my own experience on the impact of literacy , affecting when children begin to read.
    http://sevenlittleaustralians.blogspot.com/2011/06/literacy-and-beginner-readers.html
    Well we’re all pretty much addicted to reading here:)