Scrabble letters and my sanity

I have discovered a brilliantly simple way to keep my 4-year-old occupied while I make dinner. And it isn’t the television.

Inspired by something I had seen in Servery & Spoon, a fantastic cafe in East Malvern (credit where it’s due), I poured all the Scrabble letters into a big ceramic pot and placed it on the kitchen table. I asked my son to spell all the words he knows like mum and dad and his name. When he was finished I pulled out one of his favorite books — a book that he knows almost by heart. I got him to copy the words in the book using the scrabble letters!  That simple! He is totally into this task and at the end of each few words he shows me and we read them together.

Now I can concentrate on getting dinner prepared (as I have relayed in previous posts, I do need to muster all the concentration I can), and…over the few weeks we have had this little ‘routine’ going, he has learned a gazillion new words — opening up a new world of spelling and reading for him and making me feel like the genius! Try it!

– Sara


Comments (9)

May 2, 2010

I just tried this with my 4-year-old this morning…. and it worked like a charm.
Sometimes getting him to ‘work’ at learning to write and spell is like pulling teeth, but this was more like a game… so he was totally into it.
Such a great tip!

May 3, 2010

This is such a brilliant idea ! My LOs are still a bit small but will definitely remember it for future use. Thank you.

May 3, 2010

This is such a great idea! So simple§

May 3, 2010

This is such a great idea! So simple…

May 3, 2010

Brilliand and easy to follow idea! I love it! Thanks!

May 3, 2010

Super idea! Great literacy activity.

May 4, 2010

I love it!!

May 10, 2010

my son is only 2 so it’s a bit early yet, but I think this is such a great idea. thanks for sharing!

October 19, 2010

Fantastic! Manipulating magnetic letters on the fridge work well too!

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