Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Literacy Activities with Conversation Hearts

Admittedly, this activity doesn't specifically use conversation hearts, but when I was brainstorming Valentine's Day ideas, I considered how much Elliott loves them.  However, he cannot read all of the sayings on them without help.  To encourage him, I decided to create a couple of reading games inspired by conversation hearts.

I already had pre-cut hearts from my scrapbook stash, and even though they aren't the traditional colors of conversation hearts, it saved me a lot of prep work.  I was afraid the dark colors would make it difficult for him to read, so I just flipped them over and used the white sides.

Just ignore my sloppy handwriting...

Game 1:  Word Families
This is similar to our Word Family Snowflake activity, in that it reinforces word families and blending.  I made a few hearts with word families on them, and several hearts with single letters that could be blended to make a CVC word.  I separated them the same way, keeping out only a few at a time so he wouldn't be overwhelmed in his search.

I had a master list of words, and I would read a word that he could make with the letters in front of him.  I just made sure to alternate beginning sounds and word families.  This involved listening skills, and more thinking than the Word Family Snowflake, because he had more than one phonetic sound to consider at a time.

Game 2:  Conversation Heart Matching
This is a matching game of sorts, and you could play it so many ways.  I started by making two sets of each word.  Some were words you would find on actual conversation hearts, and some were sight words.

Variation 1:  I placed all the words face up on the table.

I just let Elliott pick his in random order, as long as he read them to me.

He seemed to like this game a little more, maybe because he could see his progress as the matches started piling up.

Variation 2:  Play it as memory.

I am sure you can come up with more ways to play!  Making games for children is nothing more than tuning into their learning styles and going with what works for them!

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  1. What fun! This is a great idea. I am always looking for ideas for my preschooler, especially for literacy. Good activity.

  2. We will try this. Thanks for the idea!

  3. Great idea! I probably have a bunch of hearts in my scrapbook stash as well. ;)

  4. Just dropping by from the Hip Homeschool Hop. Love the idea of your memory game. Thanks for sharing :)

  5. I love this idea! I will need to put it up my sleeves for another day!!

  6. These are great ideas! I love all the different possibilities with the words and letters on hearts! Thanks for sharing your fabulous work at Teach Me Tuesday!

  7. You constantly amaze me! You come up with such creative, simple, and frugal ways to reinforce skills with Elliot. Love it!

  8. I am just hopping over to thank you for linking up to my Enchanted Thursdays Blog Hop! I LOVE the heart word families.

  9. Great way to make reading practice enjoyable.

  10. What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Cool idea. I love that you are incorporating literacy into your valentine's day activity. I may have to try this one with my kiddos at school :) Thanks for linking up to Thinky Linky Thursday!
    Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom

  12. I just pinned this one. I was planning on doing something like this for my daughter, but maybe with just a few letters since she is only 3 (Similar to the snowflakes I shared this week but a little different). Again, love your ideas! Thanks so much for linking up with Thrifty Thursday!

  13. These are great ideas, thanks for sharing them. My Kindergarten students always loved games like this.