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As much as I love teaching my older children as they grow, there is nothing I love more than teaching Kindergarten students. There is something magical about young kids just getting started on their learning adventures. They are eager, curious, excited… and too young to get seriously sassy.
Part of the reason that teaching kindergarten is so fun is that lessons at this age are simple. Recently, we were lucky enough to add a magnet board to our home, and I’ve found many different ways to teach STEM with this one resource.
Art & Geometry
Try providing your child with various materials to create pictures and designs on the board. We added small magnets to a pattern block set so Little Miss can create her own designs. We have been practicing naming 2D shapes while building with them.
Patterning and Counting
The same patterns blocks are wonderful for patterning practice. Start a pattern for your child, and then have them complete the sequence. You can start with simple A-B-A-B patterns, and then progress to more complicated patterns such as A-B-CC-A-B and so on.
Our Lakeshore Learning Magnet Board arrived with this wonderful Engineer-a-Coaster set. We have cards with building prompts, and all the pieces we need to create fun roller coasters. With this particular set, Little Miss is able to experiment with different track lengths, angles and wheel sizes.
You can create all sorts of engineering challenges with a magnet board. Try your hand at Rube Goldberg machines, ball drops, Plinko boards and more!
Phonics and Reading
Add a set of magnetic letters, and you can now use your magnet board to teach language arts. Practice phonics, sound blends, reading skills, rhyming, spelling . . . just about anything! You can also create word cards with index cards and magnets – use these cards to write silly sentences, or as story starters!
Addition and Subtraction
We added magnets to popsicle sticks to make simple math manipulatives to practice counting, adding and subtracting. You could also create a ten frame, or add magnets to your math programs manipulatives.
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Need some more hands-on fun in your homeschool? Lakeshore Learning is offering one lucky OPC reader their own Magnet Board and Engineer-a-Coaster set!
This board is sturdy, and two sided, so more than one child can play at once. It’s big enough that there is plenty of room for all of your lessons, and you can even use a dry erase marker on it to take lessons to the next level. You don’t want to miss this one!
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