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Messy Fun!-Learning For The One-Room School!

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Hi everyone! I’ve received many questions on how I teach preschool and first grade in the same classroom.

We had a great lesson combining two different skill levels  so I thought I would pass it along.   My preschoolers and tots are learning to write their letters and my first graders are learning to spell challenging words. For a fun activity (and to clean our desks) my preschooler practices writing her letters  in shaving cream.

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My first grader practices writing her spelling words.

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Another fun and engaging activity (especially for summer) is “Buried Letters”.  There are many ways to adapt this activity, but this is how we played it.

I used little ice cube trays filled with rice, and hid a letter in each ice cube hole.  However, if you have a sand box, this would be a lot of fun to hide the letters in it!  I just used the little magnetic letters that you can get at the dollar store.

For those still learning their letters call out a letter and see who can find it in the rice/sand.  For your spellers call out a word and have them hunt for all of the letters that spelled that word.

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Everyone had fun and worked on skills that pertained to them. One of the many advantages of being part of a one- room school is the “natural tailoring of the curriculum to the child’s needs.” Look for activities that are fun, engaging, and that can be adapted to fit every child.

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