When you teach 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. They move around the room in search of words, which is what they need!
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. Of course, I tried to keep it engaging from the start of the year all the way to the end.
To prep for the center, all you have to do 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 or sight words. I’ve also used word families, students names and so much more.
Reading Game Materials
Since this center is always included in my word work stations, I keep the materials 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 activities are clipboards that are easy for your learners to use. There are a variety to choose from. For example, this clipboard for your littlest learners and this clipboard for kindergarten classrooms are perfect.
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 trying to find 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 your learners see a new tool in the center, it’s like a whole new activity for them. 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.