Grandma’s House

Early learning/ school readiness skills can be taught in a fun way -by playing games!

What does playing early learning games accomplish?

  • You provide an early learning foundation for younger children, helping them become school ready
  • You provide a way for older children, already in school but perhaps needing extra help, to acquire skills in a safe, fun, non-punitive environment. When playing these games, it won’t feel like they are being singled out for not knowing early learning skills. They’ll simply be playing a game and having fun.
  • You’ll be contributing to the notion that learning is enjoyable; this is an important school-readiness skill!

When can you play?

Since this talking game requires no “props”, you can play anytime. As a bedtime ritual, getting ready in the morning, during a long car ride, instead of TV, while you are doing chores together-anytime you want!

How to play:

  1. Start out by saying, “What did I bring to Grandma’s for dinner?”
  2. Then say a letter of the alphabet.
  3. Your children now have to think of as many different things as they can that start with that letter. It doesn’t have to be a food, but it does have to be something that you might bring to dinner. Food is fine, but so are forks, tablecloth, flowers, candles, etc.
  4. See how many items you and your child(ren) can think up.
  5. When you’ve both run out of ideas, switch and let your child think of a letter.

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