When you are teaching little ones you are bound to have a few kinesthetic learners, or children that learn best through being active. A write the room reading game is a great way to engage your kinesthetic and visual learners as they search for words around the room.
Write the Room Center
In many early childhood classrooms, teachers have a read or write the room center for their learners. This type of center was always a popular one and I tried to keep it engaging from the start of the year all the way to the end.
All you have to do to prep the center is tape words around the room and provide a page for your learners to write the words they find. You can use words from your thematic word wall, sight words, word families, students names and so much more. By changed the words your learners are searching for you are bound to keep them hooked.
Reading Game Materials
Since this center is always included in my word work stations, I keep the materials needed in a tub for my learners. All I switch out are the words around the room, printable pages and any thematic materials.
A must-have for write the room are clipboards that are easy for your learners to use. There are a variety to choose from, like this clipboard for your littlest learners and this clipboard for kindergarten classrooms.
Keep a set of mechanical pencils for your learners to use during this reading game. I love this set from Papermate. They are easy to use for writers developing their fine motor skills. By supplying pencils for the center your learners won’t waste time going to their desk or a pencil tub to grab one.
Keep this reading game fun by getting creative with reading tools. Switch out tools like silly glasses, reading glasses (with the lenses taken out), flashlights, binoculars, magnifying glasses and any other resource your learners will enjoy. I grabbed our snowflake glasses from the Target Dollar Spot.
When you learners see a new tool in the center, they will be able to “play” with the new tool while completing a center that is actually NOT so new. Simple and easy changes like this will help your learners stay engaged as they search for words and practice writing them.
Help your kinesthetic learners succeed by provided reading games that will help them get active during their literacy instruction. By adequately preparing and setting expectations for this fun center your learners will have a learning experience to continually enjoy throughout the year.